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That virtue's self is weak its love to lure,
But pride and lust keep all the gates secure,
This is thy fall, O man; and therefore those
Whose aims are earthly, like pedestrian prose,
The selfish, useful, money-making plan,
Cold language of the desk, or quibbling bar,
Where in hard matter sinks ideal man:
Still, worldly teacher, be it from me far

Thy darkness to confound with yon bright band

Poetic all, though not so named by men,

Who have swayed royally the mighty pen,

And now as kings in prose on fame's clear summit stand."


"To touch the heart, and make its pulses thrill,

To raise and purify the grovelling soul,
To warm with generous heat the selfish will,
To conquer passion with a mild controul,
And the whole man with nobler thoughts to fill,

These are thine aims, O pure unearthly power,
These are thine influences; and therefore those
Whose wings are clogged with evil, are thy foes;
And therefore these, who have thee for their dower,
The widowed spirits with no portion here,

Eat angels' food, the manna thou dost shower:
For thine are pleasures, deep, and tried, and true,
Whether to read, or write, or think, or hear,
By the gross million spurn'd, and fed on by the few."


"My sympathies are all with times of old,

I cannot live with things of yesterday,
Upstart, and flippant, foolish, weak, and gay,
But spirits cast in a severer mould,
Of solid worth, like elemental gold :

I love to wander o'er the shadowy past,
Dreaming of dynasties long swept away,
And seem to find myself almost the last
Of a time-honoured race, decaying fast;
For I can dote upon the rare antique,

Conjuring up what story it might tell,
The bronze, or bead, or coin, or quaint relique ;
And in a desert could delight to dwell

Among vast ruins,-Tadmor's stately halls,

Old Egypt's giant fanes, or Babel's mouldering walls."

Mr Tupper has received much praise from critics whose judgment is generally entitled to great respect-in the Atlas-if we mistake not-in the Spectator-and in the Sun. If our censure be undeserved-let our copious quotations justify themselves, and be our condemnation. Our praise may seem cold and scanty; but so far from despising Mr Tupper's talents, we have good hopes of him, and do not fear but that he will produce many far better things than the best of those we have selected for the appro

bation of the public. Perhaps our. rough notes may help him to discover where his strength lies; and, with his right feelings, and amiable sensibilities, and fine enthusiasm, and healthy powers when exercised on familiar and domestic themes, so dear forever to the human heart, there seems no reason why, in good time, he may not be among our especial favourites, and one of the Swans of Thames"-which, we believe, are as big and as bright as those of the Tweed.

Alas! for poor NICOL! Dead and gone-but not to be forgotten-for aye to be remembered among the flowers of the forest, early wede away!


"Chief of the Household Gods

Which hallow Scotland's lowly cottage-homes!

While looking on thy signs

That speak, though dumb, deep thought upon me comes-
With glad yet solemn dreams my heart is stirr'd,

Like Childhood's when it hears the carol of a bird!

"The Mountains old and hoar

The chainless Winds-the Streams so pure and free—
The GoD-enamel'd Flowers-

The waving Forest-the eternal Sea

The Eagle floating o'er the Mountain's brow

Are Teachers all; but O! they are not such as Thou!

"O! I could worship thee!

Thou art a gift a GoD of love might give;

For Love and Hope and Joy

In thy Almighty-written pages live!

The Slave who reads shall never crouch again;
For, mind-inspired by thee, he bursts his feeble chain !

"GOD! unto Thee I kneel,

And thank Thee! Thou unto my native land—
Yea to the outspread Earth—

Hast stretch'd in love Thy Everlasting hand,
And Thou hast given Earth, and Sea, and Air-
Yea all that heart can ask of Good and Pure and Fair!

66 And, Father, Thou hast spread

Before Men's eyes this Charter of the Free,

That all Thy Book might read,

And Justice love, and Truth and Liberty.

The Gift was unto Men-the Giver God!

Thou Slave! it stamps thee Man-go spurn thy weary load!

"Thou doubly-precious Book!

Unto thy light what doth not Scotland owe?

Thou teachest Age to die,

And Youth in Truth unsullied up to grow!

In lowly homes a Comforter art thou

A Sunbeam sent from Gop-an everlasting bow!

"O'er thy broad ample page

How many dim and aged eyes have pored?
How many hearts o'er thee

In silence deep and holy have adored?

How many Mothers, by their Infants' bed,

Thy holy, blessed, pure, child-loving words have read!

"And o'er thee soft young hands

Have oft in truthful plighted Love been join'd,
And thou to wedded hearts

Hast been a bond-an altar of the mind!-
Above all kingly power or kingly law

May Scotland reverence aye--the Bible of the Ha'!"

We have no heart to write about him and his genius and his virtues now; but these lines which Scotland" will not willingly let die," will embalm

his memory-they breathe of the holy
fragrance that smells sweet and
blossoms in the dust."
beautiful are these!
And how

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Alcestis of Euripides, the, translated by Mr
Chapman, 408.

Ancient fragments of the Phoenician, Chal-
dean, &c. writers, by Cory, reviewed,

Archæus, a poem, by him named the Sex-

ton's Daughter, 1-Part II. 3-Part III.
5-Part IV. 7-Part V. 9-Part VI. 12
-Part VII. 14-Part VIII. 16-Part
IX. 18-Thoughts and images by him,
197-Legendary Lore, by him, No. IV.
Land and Sea, 335-No. V. The Onyx
King, Part I. 664-Part II. 741.
Arnold's History of Rome, reviewed, 142.
Attaché, Letters of an, 369.
Avenger, the, a tale, 208.
Banker, the Murdering, a tale, 823-Chap.
II. 838.

Buenos-Ayres, war in disguise, 717.
Cabinet and the Country, the, 429-Lord

Brougham has well branded the Mel-
bourne Cabinet with the title of the "In-
capables," ib.-the incapability of the
Premier shewn, 430-of the Foreign
Secretary, ib.-of the Colonial Secre-
tary, 431-of the Home Secretary, ib.
-the important affairs of the nation are
neglected on the pretext of tranquillizing
Ireland, ib.-examples adduced of the va-
nity of tranquillizing Ireland by making
concessions to the Irish papists, 432-ex-
tracts from O'Connell's speeches quoted
in proof, ib.-also Mr Roebuck's letter
on those speeches, 436-further evidence
by Lord Brougham, 437-no reliance can
be placed on the most solemn protesta-
tions of the papists, 438.
Callimachus, Hymn to Diana, by the trans-
lator of Homer's Hymns, 52.
Cassimir Perrier, his political character de-
picted, 34-162.

Catholicism, Protestantism, and Philosophy
in France. By M. Guizot, reviewed, 524.
Chapman, Mr, his translation of the Alcestis
of Euripides, 408.

Christopher in his Cave, 268-among the
Mountains, 285.

Colonial misgovernment, 624-the political
character of the Colonial Secretary de-
picted, ib.-his shameful conduct to Mr
Boulton, Chief-Justice, Newfoundland, ex-

posed, 625-his endowments of popery
the bane of colonial government, as exem-
plified in Lower Canada, 628-in New
South Wales, 630-in the West Indies,
632-his culpable conduct exposed, in re-
gard to the exportation of the Hill Coolies
of India to the West Indies, 633-some
of his proceedings, as the Malta Commis-
sion, are incidental specimens of the gene-
ral policy of the administration, 634-
besides these instances of improper con-
duct, he has permitted objectionable ap
pointments to be made in our North Ame-
rican colonies, 635.

Colonial and reciprocity systems considered,

Coronation Ode for Queen Victoria I., June
28, 1838, by James Montgomery, 140-
Letters of an Attaché on the coronation,
369-Sonnets, on the, 402.
Corn Laws, the, 650-up to last crop, the
existence of the corn laws, as affecting
prices, was of no importance, ib.-the last
wet and cold summer raised the price of
corn, and the Radicals bave seized this
formidable weapon to move the passions
of the people, ib.—the argument constant-
ly maintained against the corn laws stated,
651-doubtful that unrestricted importa-
tion of foreign corn would lower the money
price of corn, 652-unrestricted importa-
tion would depress the home growers as
much as it would encourage the foreign
growers, ib.-examples of the effects of
this principle quoted in other articles of
consumption, 653-fallacy of the opinion
that low prices are the invariable concomi-
tant of prosperity, proved, 655-as well
as the opinion that a free trade in grain
would greatly extend our foreign trade,
ib. the home trade rather would decliné
much more than the foreign trade would
increase, 657-official tables quoted to
show the greater value of agriculture than
manufactures, and of agriculture and the
home trade combined, than the foreign
trade, ib.- whilst the cry for unrestricted
importation of corn is set up, the restric-
tions existing in favour of manufacturing
industry are permitted to rest unmolested,
659 when the home market consumes

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