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Thus right and wrong, and good and ill, | Where massy rocks o'erhang the swelling May various lights and shades assume,
tides, Through long perspective drawn with skill,
As if ordain’d to help the gazing eye Like Pyraneze's Views of Rome.
To view the bidden gambols, and to catch
The glancing splendors of the finny tribe Marriage in prospect may appear
That take their sport below? Shall not be A beauteous garden all in bloom;
found A hedge of thorns we find it near,
Some breast that glows with love of nature's "Tis Pyraneze's Views of Rome.
works, Benevolence-Oh pleasing sound,
The God of nature's, who shall snatch bis What! is she found at each man's home
tints With all our little passions round ?
From scenes that rise in rade magnificence, Just Pyraneze's Views of Rome.
To sing the bounding flood, its fucus groves,
And those who bait the barbed hook with guile; Porturient heaves yon mount-anon
To ensnare their agile prey, and draw it up, Bursts forth a mouse from its high womb !
Struggling t’ escape into its waves again? Ob human science, what art thou ? E'en Pyraneze's Views of Rome.
O thou blest spirit, serving heaven's high
King, Oft through sad mournful vistas seen,
Who o'er the silent beach and swelling tide Man's life appears a lengthen'd gloom, Delight'st to walk, when high the moon globose 'Till heaven's bright sunshine shews the scene, Rides in mid-heaven, amidst the glowing stars Mere Pyraneze's Views of Rome.
Rejoicing in serenity, and bidst Reflected in the stagnant lakes
Th' arising waters kiss the sands in peace, Surrounding shrubs tall trees become;
Or swellid to rage dash the resounding shore, So indolence of labour takes
Doing the orders given thee from above, A view like Pyraneze's Rome.
Assist me, for thou know'st, to swell my song
With heav'nly fire from off thy altar, truth! Thus every human hope and fear, Quite from the cradle to the tomb,
Winter is gone, with all its blastering storms, Large at a distance-small when here,
And western breezes curl the laugbing sea. Like Pyraneze's Views of Rome.
Now bardy-handed Industry comes forth,
Grey-hair'd, and beardless youth, in thronging Bat most of self-love's prism beware;
crowds, On its report should man presume,
To hoist the sail, prepare the lengthen'd line, "Twill give false vision, falser far
And nets fine-mesh'd, of colour deep emThan Pyraneze's Views of Rome.
brown'd, The uphill path that leads to heav'n
Eager to launch them on the swelling floods. Is strait and steep, yet drawn by man
Here fancy's eye may contemplate at will Wide as the Scala, lo 'tis given,
The eager hope that leads adventure on Of Pyraneze's Vatican.
From childhood learning how to tug the oar,
Or haul the grapnel from its stony bed, Like virtue's self, sublimely grand
To where she guides the helm, and where at Is one majestic noble dome,
last Must that alone contracted stand
She bears Britannia's thunder round the world. In Pyraneze's Views of Rome?
| Now from the Atlantic Ocean deep and wide, Rise then to that stupendous height,
Where late they slumber'd while the tempest Where art's faint shadows ne'er can come; roar’d, Ah thou, my country, baflles quite
Or rode, perhaps, mid-deep the troubled sea, Poor Pyraneze, and pride-swoln Rome! Shaping their course to Cornwall's rocky
The Scilly Ísles, or Lizard's lengthen’d front, MR. Editor.
The many-colour'd mackarel bends his way;.
Their shape how fine! their nimbleness exceeds SIR,—Many years since I began the All that we know of earth's inhabitants; following piece, which, from various They skim the wave, rejoicing in the spring, causes, has not received the finishing | That bids them seek the sandy bays again; hand : such as it is, however, it is at
And nippling at she surface as they go, your service.
Their various dyes the sun reflected shows,
Each sparkling tint expressing to the eye
The wild luxuriancy of bliss within.
The fisher spreads his net across their course,
And all their pastime sinks. Dragg’d slowly in How do the sweets of nature charm the heart, A thousand colours fly, and come, and go, Soft thrilling to the touch of harmony !
More fine than pencil can express—purple and The verdant plain, the cloud-capp'd mountain's
In quick succession flittering o'er their scales. And long withdrawing vales, and shady woods, With many a wild flower opening to the eye,
The nets in order carefully dispos'd, Loading the balmy air with odours sweet
They take advantage of the fresh'ning gale And country tenant's healthful occupation,
To hasten joyous home. Swift flies the boat, Each has rais’d up a bard to sing its joys.
The blackening surges parting as they pass,
Curld by the northern blast; the course they And shall not one be found to paint the scene take
Is known by that long furrow on the wave, And shakes his head, wild rolling in the wave. Form'd by the whirling foam. Yet not e'en But when at last he breathes in thinner air, now,
| And life seems ebbing fast-not even here Tho' eager hastening to the distant mart, Does his stern purpose slacken to escape Neglect they the great object of their toils. And be the tyrant of the depths again. The swiftness of their course forbids to cast First his thin tail he gently slides above, Their well decoy'd net upon the tumbling And fixes on the gun-wale's top its hold : wave;
This draws his bulk along; and while the line But what they can is done; the taper line Employs the attention of the fisher's hand, Well loaded with the plummet's leaden weight, He plunges to the bottom whence he came. Is thrown from either side; the tempting bait 'Tis noon of night, the full-orb'd moon at To entice the various mackarel to its fate
length Is taken from a captive's silver skin.
Hath waded thro' a sea of vapour chill The shining bait flies thro’ the yielding flood To reach heav'u's height; and now at turn of To attract the wanderer's sight :-when lo, at
The low hung mist that rested on the flood A scull descries the prize; they forward spring Withdrawing like a cartain, shews the scene More swift than winged arrow from the bow of waters motionless, or only moving Thro' liquid air ; each jostling each to catch Soft as the sleeping infant's happy breast. With ardent eye and eager hope, the prize. The ship that gaily sail'd so swift along, So fares it with the youth, the man, the sage;
No longer moves upon the glossy waves. Some fancy-pictur'd joy, some shining bait,
Far distant off, as far as eye can ken, That seems to fly them--only meant to allure
| East, north, and west, the high projecting rocks Excites the throbbing bosom to exert
And lofty mounts, silver'd with living lights, Whate'er of powers it may; till caught at last
Exult to shew the homeward voyager It proves to hold a deadly barb within.
His near approach to land. The glowing stars Now that which sprung most vigorous is
That twinkle not, fix'd by the lunar bean, caught,
| Join in this burst of glory. The seaman's heart
Feels all the present Deity awake
| Around him and within. With heaven-bred It springs among its old companions dear,
He silently adores thee, great First Cause : That shun it now in this severe distress: But all in vain those struggles; thy small
Thou mad'st the pale-ey'd moon, and diamond strength,
stars, Enough to glide thee swiftly thro’ the deep,
That roll in destin'd courses round the globe Proves ineffectual here. Tbe fisher's hand
To glad man's heart, and shew thy glory forth. Wrenches the barbed hook from out thy jaws, / Thou pouredst from thy hand with rushing And throws thee on thy former friends to die.
This mighty world of waters, where the fry Now where the sunken rocks lie deeply hid, of fish in numerous tribes can wander far, Cloth'd with the waving sea-weed's russet | Pursuing as in sport, by companies groves,
'Mongst meadows of green sea-weeds, e'en to With green and crimson mix'd, and coral fans, where The residence of many an animal
The deep foundations of the mighty hills
Till thy strong hand shall tear them up again. His home he finds within some secret hole,
The morn creeps on, with thickening gloom The bottom of a rocky mountain's height
surcharg'd, That the deep sea-line can but barely reach.
Th' enormous wave rolls heavily along Forth doth he issue when dark midnight reigns
Unswept by curling breeze; the nutbrown sails With sparkling eyes, that glare amid the vast, Hang idly now, with many a doubtful swing To seek bis destin'd prey; but not on all
Vibrating like the unsteady pendulum, His nicer appetite will deign to feed.
As falls the vessel o'er the passing wave, They wrong him who suppose his ravening
Far in the west the gathering clouds appear maw ,
Like hills and massy rocks that reach to heav'n. Will feed on all alike; with choicest care
Upon the chilly west they slowly mount The bait to catch him must be singled out,
| And seem to circumscribe the spacious world. And fasten’d to the hook with neatest art.
Cold, gloomy, damp, the increasing breeze Tempted by this, the giant-monster comes
comes on And in one morsel swallows down his fate.
| Bearing upon its wings the vapoury scud, Now stung by rage and pain he wildly roves lo
That flits along the black expanse of heav'n. Midst pointed rocks, with floating herbage Loud roars the distant wave, that long has crown's,
cross'd Where scatter'd wrecks have lain for ages hid,
The western ocean from Columbia's shore, But drags a length of line thro' all his course. And tir'd at length, and wearied with its voyage The silver whiting and the golden bream,
Tumbles its curling top with headlong force Haddock and bib, weak tenants of these waves,
Upon the massy rocks of grey granite, With double fear his hated presence fly.
Then back recoils upon the deep again. Strong tho' they be, too weak his teeth are
The pausing heart ceases, then doubly beats, found To bite the line; for here the fisher's skill
Presaging all the horrors of the storm. Has arm'd it with a copper wire around.
Now ye who think it boldness to contend Now tir'd at last his mighty bulk is drawn | With raging seas and winds, in ship well Reluctantly along; and oft he turns
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And mann'd with Britain's hardiest crew, now | Tumbling its pond'rous weight with furious mark
whirl Where in a skiff, exposed to every blast, | Against the pointed cliffs, then fly afar His bed the stones his ballast, and above Lash'd into foam, to join the big round drops No canopy bat clouds surcharg'd with rain ; of falling rain, and both together mix'd Mark the poor fisherman, with eyes half shut Wither the herbage that they light upon; And naked head expos'd, facing the blast, When now the boat that holds her dearest part That drives him like a feather on the wave, Bears round the far projecting rocky head O'er rolling surges, that now rise aloft, That shelters safely; and the breast is bush'd Clamouring with hissing roar and deaf'ning din, That fear'd to look upon the billowy flood, Then quick subsiding leave a horrid chasm, Lest it might witness what it could not save. In which he plunges with enormous crash, Staggering astonish'd at the mighty blow,And say what heart that faints not at the sight! But hence, far hence, low fear and pale
| OBSERVATIONS, HISTORICAL AND DEaffright,
SCRIPTIVE, RESPECTING LIVERPOOL, That make the danger they would seem to
(Concluded from col. 822.) shun: His skilful hands, long exercised in storms, Seizes the belm, and holds with steady grasp,
| The air of Liverpool has generally Guiding the bark before the whistling blast. been deemed salubrious; and, consiThe mighty hills of moving waters heave dering the northern situation of the Their broken summits, like the towering Alps, Snow-topp’d and black beneath, and" press
town, the inhabitants enjoy the adaround
vantages of a mild temperature. These Eager tengulph him in their whirling wastes. benefits arise in no small degree, from But when just ready to devour, the boat its maritime situation. Warrington, Obeys the pilot's art, that turns the prow, which is only eighteen miles distant, And lo! the monster's baulk'd; the Petrel's
and several other places adjacent, enwing Just skims the vale between two moving hills,
dure through the winter, degrees of And hovers near him; and the screaming gull cold with which Liverpool is scarcely Anticipates his fate :-again they rise
ever visited. To this temperature, And frown and threaten, dashing all their force its proximity to the sea, and the influAgainst the side, then high they mount aloft Whirld by the tempest up to meet the cloud
| cnce of the tides, have, in no small That falls a cataract; -and again his hand
degree, contributed. During the year With skill preserves his vessel from the wreck. 1772, the variation from the extreme Amidst this rage of waves, that seems to
of heat to that of cold, amounted to claim
50 degrees, extending from 78 to 28; The full attention of the bravest heart,
and its mean temperature about 54. Th' endearing memory of a wife long lov'd, It has been observed by Dr. DobBeyond all earthly blessings happiest far, son, from numerous experiments And healthy children, that have us'd to meet And hail his first approach, starts on his mind,
which he made, relative to the soil, And nestles round his heart : where are they
water, and air, of Liverpool, and from now?
fourteen years' experience and pracWho knows if they shall greet him more? that tice respecting the diseases to which thought,
the inhabitants were chiefly subject, A widow's aching heart, an orphan's sighs, That often fall on unregarding ears,
that the dryness of the soil, the puBend his great heart, and dim his eyes with
rity of the water, and the mildness of grief.
the air, in connection with the antiThey far remov'd, and hanging o'er their
sceptic effluvia arising from pitch and hearth
tar, the exhalations from the sea, the Note every whistling blast that blows without frequent brisk gales, and the daily viThe mother silent fears; the children round sitation of the tides, rendered LiverWith artless talk lament his long delay,
pool one of the most healthy places And wish his presence their mamma to cheer; But think not of the danger which she dreads.
| in the kingdom, in proportion to the
extent of its population. A sound is heard, that far towards the west, In a more recent publication, entiA bark is just distinguish'd by the eye,
tled, “A familiar Medical Survey of Sometimes aloft, then hid beneath the wave That shuts it from the anxious gazer's sight.
Liverpool,” the author observes in a moment up she springs, with eager haste, substance as follows: The situation And flies, regardless of the beating rain of this town is peculiarly favourable to That falls relentless on her naked head. She strains a lovely infant to her breast;
constitutions that require, and can And others follow with what haste they may.
bear, a sharp cold air; of which deWinds round the precipice, to lead the foot scarce arriv'd where the long narrow road scription are those of nervous and re
| laxed habits. The persons to whom Where safely may be view'd the bursting wave the situation of the town becomes w
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favourable, are, those who are subject! But although its merchants and trato coughs, asthmas, and other affec- ders have been chiefly engaged in tions of the breast and lungs, and commercial pursuits, the cultivation those who are consumptive. Com- of arts and letters has not been negplaints of this description are aggra- lected. Few towns, that claim no vated and renewed in constitutions so higher antiquity, have added, within inclined.
| the same space of time, more exalted . The effect which the winds generally names, to grace the lists of science have on the state of the weather, may I and of arts. Various publications be thus stated. The north-west winds bear witness, that literature has been are turbulent and stormy, and from cultivated with considerable ability this quarter they blow more than from and success. Amidst the active conany other, during a considerable por- cerns which engage their attention, tion of the year. Southerly winds fre- several gentlemen, whose names might quently produce rain. Easterly winds be adduced, have found leisure to atare often accompanied by a serene tend to the study of the polite arts ; sky. The severest cold and frost usu- and many works, which have obtained ally come with a north or north-easta considerable share of public approwind.
bation, claim Liverpool as their legiThe soil in and near the town is dry timate origin. “The Nurse," and and sandy for two miles round; and, “ The Lives of Lorenzo di Medici, and on the northern shore particularly, a of Leo the Tenth,” will ever confer an range of barren sands extends about honour on William Roscoe, Esq. “The twenty miles. But although this ge- Medical Reports,” and “The Life of neral character may be considered as Robert Burns,” will cause the name descriptive of the soil, many excep- of Dr. Currie to be long remembered. tions are to be discovered. Between “ The Life of Poggio Bracciolini," by the town and Walton, there is a fine the Rev. Wm. Shepherd, and an eledale, which, having a rich marl under gant translation of the works of Gessthe surface, affords excellent pastur- ner, by a Lady, are productions, age. Several other patches and spots which the town of Liverpool will may also be found, exhibiting all the always be proud to acknowledge. marks of native fertility. But barren | Aniong the eminent natives who as the soil in general is, in most places have paid the tribute of nature, the it has been much improved by cultiva name of Deare, the sculptor, will be tion; and even where this has been long respected. This eminent artist neglected, the soil is not unsusceptible was born in Liverpool, on the 26th of of amendment: but it has been deem- | October, 1759. His predilection for ed useless to waste manure on a sur the imitative arts was strongly marked face, which will, in all probability, in his earlier years. Of this predilecvery shortly be covered with build- tion, a pleasing monument is now in ings. It is well known that Lanca- the possession of his brother. It is a shire has long and deservedly been miniature figure of a human skeleton, proverbial for its excellent potatoes, cut in wood with a penknife, when he to the growth of which, the soil is ad- was not more than ten years old. At mirably adapted. In most parts this the age of sixteen he went to London; valuable root is raised in vast abun- and at twenty, obtained the first gold dance; and the quantity demanded medal that was given at the New for shipping, as well as for local con- Royal Academy, Somerset - House. sumption, is exceedingly great. He was the youngest artist to whom
On reviewing the historical obser- that honour had ever been awarded. vations wbich have been made, in this This medal was given for the best and the preceding numbers, respect-piece of sculpture. The design, which ing Liverpool, it will instantly be per- is from Milton, is executed in alto ceived, that this is a town of no great relievo. A cast of this performance antiquity. From an obscure village, is now in the possession of Mr. Samuel frequented by a few vessels, and inha- Franceys, sculptor, in Liverpool. bited by fishermen, it has attained its Shortly after Mr. Deare obtained this present exalted pre-eminence in com | honour, he, with several other young mercial importance, through the bold men of promising talents, was sent and enterprising spirit of its inhabi-out by the Royal Academy, to pursue tants,
his studies at Rome, in which place No. 33,---Vol. III.
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he spent the principal part of his life, instant the cloth was removed, to and at which place he died, on the Monte Dagone, a deserted villa, be17th of August, 1798, of a malignant longing to Prince Borghese, of which fever, in the 39th year of his age. His I had the keys, that he might there best performances have therefore been press off one of the side locks of the destined to adorn foreign cabinets, on famous Antinous, not having been which account his name is but imper-able, from his own correct drawing of fectly known in England; but from the it, to give any thing like its character reports of competent judges, he has a to the hair of a French lady, whose right to claim a place in the foremost bust he was executing. We went ranks of our eminent artists, and some thither; he stole the impression, and have not hesitated to call him the first returned in raptures to Rome on foot sculptor that this country has ever the same evening. produced.
Į “Such, alas! was the artist whom Of this eminent artist, George Cum- the Academy abandoned and forgot." berland, Esq. in the Monthly Maga- In the year 1724, Liverpool had the zine, gives the following character. honour of giving birth to George Stubbs, “And here let me pause, and drop a who was long distinguished for his tear over the recollection of an artist, eminence as a painter of animals. whose good nature, hilarity, gene- | Of the works which he completed, rosity, and candour, could only be “the Lion and the Horse," "the Lion equalled by his delicate taste, profound and Stag,” and “the Brood Mares," knowledge, exquisite skill, and unri- were the most celebrated. Having devalled exertions; a man, that, had he voted much labour to the practice and been encouraged to come home, or study of comparative anatomy, in kindly treated by those who sent him 1766 he published a magnificent and out, would have reflected honour on highly esteemed work, on the anatomy the art of sculpture ; for he made a of the horse. This publication was the distinct study of every part of this art, result of observations made by him. and was as recherché in hair as in dra- self during a long course of dissecting; pery, as great in drawing and model- | the drawings and engravings having ling as in sculpture, wholly devoted been all made with his own hand. At to fame, to freedom, and the arts. Nor the time of his death, which took will it be considered as a slight proof place in July, 1806, Mr. Stubbs had of the fact which I mention, that the completed both the anatomical prepainimitable Canova beheld his produc-rations and the drawings, for a work tions with respect, and that even good on the structure of the human body, painters came to him for advice and compared with that of a tiger and a correction.
fowl. Of this work, containing fifteen “ Such a one was Deare, whose plates, about one half only was pubchief works went to France, and whose lished. This author and artist conchisel is scarcely known in England, tinued to pursue his professional occuexcept in Sir Richard Worsley's col- pations to the close of life, which did lections, where his Marine Venus will not terminate until he was past fourshew a hand, that, when alone dis-score. closed, has often been, even among Toxteth Park, contiguous to Liverartists, taken for an antique.”
pool, had the honour, in 1619, of The following anecdote, given by giving birth to Jeremiah Horrox, who, Cumberland, will better display after being a student of Emanuel ColDeare's zeal for his art, than a volume lege, Cambridge, began, about 1633, of panegyric.
to apply himself to the study of astro. "Being at dinner at Grotto Ferrata, nomy, in which, although he laboured where I passed my summer to avoid under many local disadvantages, he the heat of Rome, in one of the warm- made great proficiency, and acquired est days I ever remember, he arrived fame. In 1636 he formed an acquainton foot, in company with a formatorè, | ance with Mr. William Crabtree, ol (a plaster caster) having carried by Broughton, near Manchester, whose turns, for seventeen miles, about 20 kindred spirit led him to prosecute pounds of clay, and a bag of plaster the same studies. Scarcely, however, of Paris. Dinner was just served, but had Mr. Horrox entered on his discohe would not come up to partake of it, Iveries, before he was suddenly arrest until I first promised to drive him, the led by the hand of death, when he was