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Review--The Royal Minstrel.
And sounds un
semblance to that which our English | Or moonbeam, visited; for horrid sights, Mæonides has introduced. Infernal
By some whom storms bad haply on its shores consultations are frequently nerd, and Night-founder'd. Soon to view appear'd the demons, and holy angels, are full of fiend, employment, either to thwart or to Crossing the mountain billows; round him shone execute the designs of God, whose A ghastly radiance from the robe he wore, purposes, at length, rise superior to
of green and purple flame, which through the
gloom every obstacle, and finally place David
Beam'd like a meteor waving on the winds on the throne of Israel.
That hurried howling by him! Soon embark'd The language which the author has The witch to reach the isle ; terrific grinn'd emploved' is strong and nervous and | Her ferryman, as on the midnight waves in general his versification is smooth
Their skift, embosom'd in a whirlwind, rode ;
And glaring lightnings shot their hissing bolts and harmonious. The various epi
| Against the upstart surges' foam-crown'd sodes are judiciously introduced, and I heads, the characters of the speakers and Dire was the war of thunders, winds, and actors well supported. In a poem waves, which extends through 400 pages, the
And to its dark foundation shook the isle
As, mutt'ring charms, the soro'ress touch'd the narrative, which begins with taking the
shore ! hero from the sheepfold, and ends with On to th' enchanted cavern now she mov'd placing the diadem on his head, moves With strides gigantic! while at every step onward with a tardy pace; but for Serpents and noxious reptiles hiss'd around, this languid movement, the reader is
More frightful than the brinded snake that kill'd
The bride of Orpheus on her nuptial day. amply compensated, by the numerous
« The brazen portal, "mid the yawning rockss incidents to which the eventful bio
Now met her glíst’ning eye; her wither'd hand graphy of the shepherd king gives The magic horn, that by a golden chain birth.
Hung from a beetling cliff of adamant, The descriptions, in many places, Seiz'd dauntless, and a blast so loudly blew add new charms or horrors to the As drown'd tbe thunder, and with fearful clang
From rock to rock re-echoed through the scenery, which we are called to wit.
storm! ness; and the similes are selected With instantaneous crash asunder flew with much judgment and care. In The massy gates! when straight appear'd a den his narration, the author has rigor Of vast extent, and full of loathsome sights! ously adhered to the scripture history,
The witches' Pandæmoniam, and the haunt without availing himself of all those
of spirits foul, and monsters terrible!
More gloomy than that grim Trophonian cave, liberties, which the sons of the muse
Within whose portal he that enter'd once have on most occasions a right to Was never seen again to wear a smile!
A blazing altar midst the cavern stood, With what success the author's Compos’d of grinning skulls which Murder's
hand poetical labours have been crowned,
Cemented close with blood ! enormous snakes, in the sale of his publication, we do More hideous than the Amphisbæna dire, not know; but we have no doubt, that Slime-gender'd Python, or the horn'd Cerastes, in proportion as it becomes known, it Roll'd in horrific volumes round its base! will command a deservedly extensive
A scaly dragon with extended wings,
More monstrous than Chimæra, o'er the fames sale.
Of burning spells, that from the altar rose, As a specimen of the author's de
Hover'd with eye of basilisk most dread! scriptive powers, we give the follow- Beneath him stood th' infernal cannibal ing passages from the commencement Eurymone, grinding with hellish jaws of the poem. The scene to which we
A malefactor's foul unburied bones! are bere introduced, is a consultation
The dæmons, Rapine, Famine, Plague, and
War, between the Witch of Endor and an
Despair, and Suicide, his offspring mad, assembly of demons and weird sisters, And Murder, with his hands all dy'd in blood, on the best means of overthrowing Joining the train, a sin-begotten crew Saul the king of Israel.
Of fell diseases, hand in hand danc'd round
To mystic measures; while their emperor “ DARK was the night, and loud the tempest Death rav'd,
So hideous grinn'd, that Nature quite expir’a! As on the strand the hag of Endor stood,
Hither from Lapland, and Siberian wilds; Which skirts the blue-rob'd sea of Cinneroth; High way'd her wild locks on the passing blast, Was now arriv'd a strange and motley throng And thrice, with potent witcheries and spells, Of most unsightly hags, to celebrate She callid the guardian dæmon of the isle, Their dread mysterious orgies, and o'erthrow, That in the centre of the troubled deep
By mortal and infernal agency, Rose forest-orested, and begirt with rocks,
Their enemy, th' anointed son of Kish, Which never fisherman, by evening star | With all bis troops in Elab's vale encamp'd."
WESLEYAN MISSIONARY MEETINGS.
| similar facts and incidents; and the same spirit of benevolence was dis
played, which had manifested itself The interest which these Anniversary on the preceding day. The collecMeetings continue to excite, seems to tions made in the various chapels, in increase as their numbers multiply. connection with this occasion, amountWhen first Missionary Meetings were ed to £304. established, some fears were enter-1 On Good Friday, the Missionary tained, that when the novelty subsid | Anniversary took place in Maned, which was supposed to have givenchester; and, as might be expected, a momentary impulse to benevolent from the known character of the peofeelings, they would languish for the ple, was numerously attended and want of support; and, like many other most liberally supported. The colcharities, retain little more than a lections amounted to £340. name. We are happy, however, in stating, that thus far fact appears to contradict these surmises ; and it may
Literary Notices. be confidently stated, that expectation is now turned into an opposite
A weekly periodical work has lately made
its appearance, entitled, “ The London Medichamel.
cal Record,” price 6d. which contains many On Monday, April 16, Messrs. Wat- valuable articles. son and Taylor, from London, Dr.
“ The Cottage of Pella,” a new Poem, by Adam Clarke, and several other pub
John Holland, Author of Sheffield Park, &c. lic characters among the Methodists,
is ready for the press, and will speedily be
published, price 3s. visited Chester. The Rev. J. Wood, Preparing for immediate publication, a Sewas called to the chair. The meeting ries of Portraits, illustrative of the “ Novels was numerously attended; and the and Tales” of the Author of Waverley. animated speeches which were deli
Looking unto Jesus, and other Works of
Isaac Ambrose, have lately appeared in one vered, excited a most lively interest.
volume, or 20 numbers, from the Caxton The collections at the meeting, and on Press. the preceding day, exceeded £100. The 19th Part of the Universal History, by
On Tuesday the 17th, most of the J. Aspin, which had been printed, but was leading individuals who attended the
destroyed with the Caxton Printing-office, will meeting at Chester, honoured the An
shortly be reprinted.
An Exbibition of Engravings, by living Briniversary, in Brunswick Chapel, LI- tish Artists, is about to be established, Soho, VERPOOL, with their presence. Dr. London; the King's Most Excellent Majesty, Adam Clarke was called to the chair. Patron. This meeting was completely throneed Just published, a Practical Treatise, on the not merely by the persons composing
Inflammatory, Organic, and Sympathetic Dis
eases of the Heart, &c. &c.; by Henry Reeder, the Methodist Society and Congrega- |
M. D. Member of the Royal Medical Society tion, but by persons of various deno of Edinburgh, and of the Medical Society of minations. The Rev. Mr. Ward from London. India, Dr. Stewart, and the Rev. Mr.
Also, Dr. Chalmers' (of Glasgow) Discourses Philip, kindly rendered their assist
on the Application of Christianity to the Com
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Dr. Chalmers' Considerations on the System
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| Dr. Chalmers' Essay on Church Patronage, tianity was making in the dark and 8vo. 2s. distant regions of the globe, so rivet- Dr. Chalmers' Christian and Civic Economy ed the attention of the persons pre- of la
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n l Published Quarterly, price ls. each number,
a New Edition of Dewar on the Nature and tinued five hours, they seemed unwill
Obligations of Personal and Family Religion, ing to separate.
greatly enlarged, with an extensive variety The meeting, being adjourned to of Prayers for Families and Individuals. 8vo. Pitt-street chapel, recommenced at 8s. boards. SIX o'clock, on the evening of the fol- | The 18th Number of the Bee, from the Caxlowing day, and continued until ten. "
ton Press, is just published.
en. | In the Press, Woman in India, a Poem, by In this chapel the same feelings were John Lawson, Missionary at Calcutta, and Auexcited by a further development of thor of Orient Harping.
A Nottinghamshire Farmer has in the press, l Publishing by Subscription, in 2 vols. 8vo. and speedily will be published, Monopoly and by a Young Lady, “ The Royal Exile," or Taxation Vindicated, against the Errors of the Poetical Epistles, supposed to be written by Legislature.
Mary Queen of Scots.
COMMERCIAL REPORT, LIVERPOOL, APRIL 21, 1821. DURING the past month, the market at times has assumed features of much improvement, yet upon the whole, the proceedings have been of an irregular and vacillating character. Before we can expect a decided amelioration in general, we must look for some change in our commercial relations with foreign countries; the proceedings of the Committees in Parliament, continue to excite much interest; the projected alteration in the duties on Timber, it is anticipated will induce Russia to relax some of her prohibitions, with respect to British Manufactures; and in many otber instances this alteration will act in a favourable manner, to the export trade of the country.
Already have the vessels of this port been seen in every part of the globe, with the exception of China ; and although America enjoys the greatest proportion of this trade, whilst the private trader of this country has been excluded, yet it is now in the contemplation of Government, to throw open the trade between that country and the continent of Europe, to the British flag. The extension of this trade, cannot fail of being highly acceptable to the British ship-. owner, and must tend to facilitate the export of our manufactures to that interesting part of the globe.
Cotton has been in good demand during the last week ; and consumers, as well as speculators, bave been actively engaged in providing themselves: the quantity sold within the last six days, amounts to 10,900 packages; the particulars may be enumerated as under :5742 Boweds, at 8/d. to 104d.
90 Demeraras, 11 d. to 14d. 170 Tennessees, 9 d. to 9 d.
120 Minas, 10 d. to 12d. 1161 New Orleans, 1020, to 13d.
10 Barbadoes, 1ld. 402 Sea Islands, 15 d. to 2s.
50 Cubas, 11 d. 1244 Pernams, 13d. to 13;d.
20 Carthagena, sad. 1085 Maranhams, 12 d. to 13d.
70 Surats, 7 d. to 8 d. 315 Bahias, 11 d. to 12 d.
250 Bengals, 6 d. to 7d. 80 Paras, 11 d. to 11 d. The inquiry for Boweds and Orleans was very animated; and prices have improved about d. per lb. Brazils have been in more request, but without experiencing any advance.
The late sales of Sugars bave gone off more heavily; and the prices of middling and good qualities, are a shade lower. Prices :-Dry Brown, 57s. to 60s.; middling, 6ls. to 68s.; good, 70s. to 76s. ; fine, and very fine, 78s. to 83s.
In Coffee, the transactions have not been extensive, and public opinion seems to indicate a decline in this article ; it is disproportionately high, compared with other W. India produce; the last sales consisted of 800 bags of St. Domingo and Brazil Coffee, on the 19th instant, which went off at a decline of 3s. to 4s. per cwt. : fair to fine ordinary St. Domingo, was sold at 109s. to 111s. per cwt.; middling Jamaica, at 122s. per cwt.
For Rum and other Spirits, the demand is very feeble, and sales are consequently very limited. Jamaica Rnm, 16 O.P. may be rated at 2s. to 2s. 4d. Geneva, ls. 11d. Cognac Brandy, 3s. 6d. to 4s. per gallon; all under lock, exclusive of duties.
The stock of Tobacco diminishes sensibly, without any enhancement in value. The quantity now in Port, only amounts to 6868 hogsheads.
Pot Ashes, and Pearl Ashes, support their value, without any variation since our last.
Tar and Tarpentine. Buyers are expecting lower prices, so that the sales during the week, comprise only 3500 barrels. American Tar, at 15s. to 158. 6d. per barrel; and 1000 barrels of Turpentine, at 14s. per cwt.
The price of Carolina Rice, has attracted attention, and it is now selling at 14s. to 16s. per cwt.
Dry Saltery Articles.--150 tons of Brimstone, forming a principal part of the stock on hand, have been sold at £23 per ton. Dyewoods are rather increasing in value. Lemon Juice finds a renewed consumption. The large Indigo sale in London, concluded on the 16th instant, with an advance of 9d. to 1s. per lb. on the preceding sale.
Pine Timber is in fair demand, at 19d. to 19 d. per foot.
Oak Bark, for Tanner's use, is in request, and seems likely to be higher, in consequence of the little demand for Oak Timber. The importers of Dutch Bark, are expecting £8 per ton ; and German Bark is held at £7 per ton.
Grain Market. At this day's market, the supplies of Grain and Flour were to a tolerable extent, all descriptions of which met with a dull sale, without affecting the value of any article materially ; it was very difficult, however, in any instance to obtain late prices. Prime Malt, of more ready sale, at 7s. 9d. to 8s. 2d. per nine gallons. The supply of Oats was more than adequate to the demand, and sales were made at lower rates.
Several parcels of Clover Seed have arrived from France and America --red sells at 689. to 75s. per cwt.--white, 90s. to 100s. per cwt.
Flaxseed maintains its price, at 658. per hogshead for Philadelphia–68s. for New York. Bonded Grain and Flour, are without inquiry.
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Imperial Magazine ;
OR, COMPENDIUM OF RELIGIOUS, MORAL, & PHILOSOPHICAL KNOWLEDGE.
| at the distant appearance of a Kite.
The last-named bird, actuated by With a Catalogue of all really British love to its own offspring, pounces on Plants, as they come into Flower. the unconscious chickens where they
are feeding in the midst of the chilJUNE.
dren of the village ; and notwithstandThe weather in this month is com- | ing their noise, and the opposition of monly fine, but often showery; and the parent, carries them safely off. when there has been no storm about Cockchaffers (Scarabæus Melolontha) the vernal equinox, it may be expect- make their appearance, sometimes in ed to be stormy. The effects of this such numbers as to be a nuisance. are soon felt by vegetable nature; They feed on the leaves of trees, where fruit, which had acquired a sufficient they lie concealed through the day; in size to afford the hope of approaching the evening they take wing and fly, plenty, is in a short time destroyed; apparently without being able to see the corn, which sometime in the month far before them, against any object comes into bloom, is considerably in: | that comes in their way. They are jured ; and the hay, which is ripening a principal food of the Goatsucker, fast, is either beaten to the ground as (Caprimulgus Europaus) a bird that it stood, or is soaked, and its nutritive has much the same habits as the Swalproperties injured, by the continued low tribe, save that it flies by night. rain, after it is mowed. In favour. It makes a very harsh and disagreeable seasons the weather is warm, able noise late in the evening, as it and shade and water are welcome to stands perched on a tree, with its cattle ; oxen, in particular, resort to head lower than its tail. Insects the river and pond, both to cool their abound in incalculable varieties. Their bodies and to escape the attacks of use in the economy of nature appears noxious insects, more especially the to be, to devour the offal of nature in Gadfly, wbich does not choose to fol- all her kingdoms, except the mineral; low them there. The tail is of great bodies which the heat of the season use on these occasions; and men have would soon convert into putrefaction, not yet judged it proper to deprive rise again into life, though in another horned cattle of its protection; but form ; and the long line of being never the horse is left to run the pasture, ends. Some of them pierce the solid where frequently shelter is impossible timber, and bring on a decomposition, to be obtained, exposed to these small which might otherwise have been debut tormenting enemies, without that layed for many centuries. They thendefence which Nature had bestowed. selves serve for food, either of one The inhabitants of South America, another, or of the higher order of where horses are bred in immense animals. Most insects of the Moth multitudes, are more considerate ; and kind, (Phalana) fly by night; and permit this useful animal to enjoy all | lie concealed by day in such places as the advantage which it can possibly they were able to select. Those coderive from its full length of tail. Few lours and figures, which, as the workchanges take place in the feathered manship of the Almighty painter, we race in June. All seem busy about find so worthy of admiration, are then one object, the raising, feeding, and more than an ornament to their posprotecting their young. The Hensessors : some are figured like mouldy marches about with new cares and spots which we see on walls; some undaunted courage, at the head of a are yellow, brown, or white; and may, numerous brood ; attacking with spirit even on close examination, be misthe dog or horse, that approaches too taken for patches of lichen, decayed near, but crying in agonizing notes leaves, or dried sticks. They thus
No. 28.-VOL. III,
escape the observation of their ene- | pectorals, as in that fish. That delimies, until the evening again enables cate fish, the Surmullet, also arrives; them to move with safety. The there are two species of them known Death's-head Sphinx is one of the on the British coasts, the striped, and most extraordinary of these insects; common red Surmullet; but their it measures about six inches from the habits are similar ; they keep near the point of one wing to that of the other; bottom, but pass from the Atlantic and is distinguished by a figure on ocean towards shallower water near the back, that closely resembles the the surface, and are taken at twenty head which is given to the figure of leagues from land, in nets spread for death; and from this, and being no Mackarel. They reach the shore about common insect, as well as from its Midsummer, and continue to be taken squeak when injured, a sound which until Michaelmas. When there is sufresembles that of a mouse, it has ficient water in the rivers, the Salmon been regarded by the superstitious as Peal (Salmo Eriox) advances towards an ill omen. But it appears to be a the fountain head to deposit its spawn. harmless creature, except that when This fish is taken at the distance of it abounds, as in particular seasons it sixty miles from land, yet is said has been known to do, it is found to to return to the same river to breed. plunder honey from the beehives; and Animals of the natural order of MolHuber observed, that it was able to lusca, now abound; and particularly effect this without injury to itself, by the Medusa genus, which is seen keeping the bees quiet through a slowly floating, like masses of jelly, sound it uttered, which resembled the at different depths in the sea. They sound made by the Queen Bee. An- are, however, capable of moving with other species of Hawkmoth (Sphinx some degree of activity, by means of Stellatarum) flies by day, from flower their crenated marginal membrane. to flower, but never alights on them, Fishermen believe, that when in plenty, but extracts the honey by means of they indicate a favourable season of its long proboscis, while on the wing. Mackarel. The earliest summer fruits The beautiful colours of this insect now appear very seasonably. First glittering in the sun, dazzle the eyes; Strawberries, and then Cherries, are and moving as it does with great swift- brought to market; and the gardener ness, it has acquired the name of is on the watch, to prevent the SparHumming-bird Hawkmoth. Grass-row from having more than his share. hoppers chirp in every tuft of grass ; Come into flower in June :-Enchanand the Cricket leaves its place of re- ter's Nightshade, Circæa lutetiana ; fuge under the kitchen grate, to wan Pale Butterwort, Pinguicula vulgaris; der through the streets, which, during English Clary, Salvia verbenaca ; Red the night, it renders lively with its Valerian, V. rubra; Marsh Valerian, merry note. Cats destroy numbers / V. dioica; Great Valerian, V. officinof these creatures. Sea fish now alis; Stinking Iris, 1. foetidissima; abound :
Black Bog-rush, Schoenus nigricans ; The sounds and seas, each creek and bay,
Marsh Club-rush, Scirpus palustris ; With fry innumerable swarm, and shoals
Small Scabious, Scabiosa columbaria; Of fish, that with their fins and shining scales, Blue Sherardia, S. arvensis; Small Glide under the green wave, in sculls that oft | Woodruff. Asperula cynanchica: UpBank the mid sea; part single or with mate Graze the sea-weed their pasture, and thro'
right Marsh, and Wall Bedstraw, Ga
lium erectum & anglicum ; Wild Madgroves of coral stray; or sporting with quick glance | der, Rubia peregrina; Greater PlanShew to the sun their wav'd coats drop'd with tain, Plantago major; Hoary Plangold.
tain, P. media; Ribwort Plantain, P. The Garpike and Skipper (Esox lanceolata; Buckthorn Plantain, P. Bellone & E. Saurus) arrive from coronopus; Bastard Pimpernel, Cenwarmer latitudes; and the latter is tunculus minimus; Great Burnet, seen to rise as it is pursued by fish Sanguisorba officinalis ; Dogwood, of prey, fly twenty or thirty feet, dip | Cornus sanguinea; Dwarf Cornel, C. into the tide, and mount again, some succica; Pellitory, Parietaria officinawhat after the manner of the Flying- / lis; Common Ladies' Mantle, AlcheFish (Exocoetus); but the effect is ac- milla vulgaris ; Parsley Piert, Alchecomplished only by the force of the milla Arvensis ; Close-leaved shining, tail and dorsal fins, and not by the and curled Pondweed, Potamogeton