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LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTIONS OF THE
THE RICHES OF POVERTY. ONE morning in the time of buds, of sunshine, and of showers, I wandered in a field-path, edged with spring-time's earliest flowers; I wandered mournfully, although the air was fresh and bright, And the skylark poured his joyous song from a blue and cloudless height, I wandered mournfully and slow, for I was very poor, And the future only seemed to me a burden to endure. I brooded o'er my poverty, and all the sorrows deep That threatened those, for whom my life, a sacrifice, were cheap. And I without the power to turn aside one woe-to calm One anxious thought, or o'er one fear to pour hope's precious balm ! Should not this make the soul grow sad, the eye with tears o'erflow? Mine did, with that most helpless grief none but the weak can know. And the troubled stream of thought was full with many a grief, that still Came gushing from that single fount, as from a cavern rill. But as upon the night shines out “ the poetry of heaven," So to the dark hour of the soul are starry visions given. I thought if in my path should lie gold, meant for me aloneThat a departed one had traced the gift upon a stoneIf to my hand the power were given to change to metals rare, And precious stones, the common ones that feel the common air; If a most delicate fairy form, arising by the river, Would at my feet a purse lay down, to be exhausted never ! What happiness, with wealth like this, what bliss I could bestow On those my heart was aching for, and many a child of woe! And my spirit so intensely dwelt upon these shadows wild, That I almost prayed my God would give their substance to his child. Like oil upon the waves, that Name on my troubled heart came down, And I looked above to His own blue sky to deprecate Ilis frown. And a voice, unheard before, awoke the echoes of my heart, Bidding its former fantasies, like sprites unblest, depart; Then pleading in its silent halls with low and suasive tone, I listened with a reverent ear, as from an altar-stone.
· Yes, thou art poor, no gold hast thou to canker o'er thy soul, No power to gain one single thing that riches can control. From day to day thy means of life with Providence are hid, And He who feeds the ravens doth almost thy food forbid. Yes, thou art poor ; but who is He that bids thee call on Him As Father? are not worlds His own to which thy world is dim? And is not all the wealth of this His own to take and give ? If it were good for thee, would He without it let thee live ? And those for whom thy heart is sore, does not His word declare He binds the broken heart, He makes the weary one his care? Some through a long and subtle chain of causes trace the hand That gives them all, but daily thou dost 'neath its pressure stand ! Some to a human lord must bow, on whom their fortunes rest, With the dark shadow of whose mind their own may be opprest! But He on whom the desolate and poor may call alone, Reflects light, peace, and purity, and wisdom, from His throne. And art thou then so destitute? has He all wealth denied ? Oh! there are sources whence it flows, a free and boundless tide! Look forth on the creation with the eye that He has given, And bless Him who bestows unbought the noblest gifts of heaven. The fresh pure air its thousand choirs, the incense-breathing flowers That steal up silently and bright amid their turfy bowers; The wooded vale, the winding stream, in whose clear depth there lies, Distinctly dim, like the fabled past, a shadowy world and skies. And all earth's varied loveliness harmoniously combined That gives the inmost heart a sense of gladnoss undefined. And is it nothing then to feel and know a joy like this? In Nature's mirror still to see her Maker's blessedness? In all His Providence ordains a Father's hand to feel, And in His word a Saviour God its promises to seal ? And art thou then so destitute-are riches only gold? Does there not dwell within the heart a mine of wealth untold ? A wealth from whose most lavish use but comes increase of store, Which Death gives immortality, and Time an added power. A power that in the desert sands, or the ice-girdled north, Is gentle, pure, and glad, as in the Eden bowers of earth; A light before whose lustre mild the heart's dark spectres fly, Waking up bliss and beauty like its emblem in the sky. 'Tis Love-the angel of the world—the element of Heaven, In which the image of our God was to his creatures given. Love-but not him, Earth's pilgrim-boy, whose feet the dust must tread, To fling a fleeting halo round one vision-gifted head : But him the pure and heavenly one, whose bright unchanging wing, Though cradled at the shrine of home, veils each created thing, Shedding its own sweet lustre over earth's most dark and sad, The spirit of a blessed fount, that makes all nature glad; A spring, with whose immortal flow the joys of Heaven begin, A presage of the happiness itself hath power to win. And often in the poor man's heart its treasures brightly dwell, Leaving the worldly prosperous one a dark and gloomy cell. No wealth !--the very power to love were wealth enough alone To overmatch the value of the proud world's every throae! But wouldst thou ask a gift of God to make thy cup o'erbrim, Pray that thy heart's best treasure might be layished upon him;
LONDON MECHANICS' INSTITUTION, In the year 1796, an institution was founded in Glasgow by the will of Professor Anderson, for the purpose of instructing, in scientific subjects, the middle and working classes. No departe ment of this establishment was, however, exclusively set apart for the instruction of mechanics in those branches of knowledge of especial use in their daily avocations, until the year 1800, when Dr. George Birkbeck commenced delivering a series of lectures on mechanics and chemistry. During the period since these lectures were first delivered, the advantages of the scheme were unequivocally demonstrated, and similar courses of instruction were established in several other cities of the empire. In 1823, in consequence of some disagreement between the mechanics and the trustees of the institution, the former seceded, and formed an establishment of their own, called the “Glasgow Mechanics' Institution.” The knowledge of this fact, combined with the reflection that if Glasgow could maintain such an establishment, so also ought the metropolis, attracted the attention of the conductors of the Mechanics' Magazine. Accordingly, on the 11th of October, 1823, they proposed the formation of a " London Mechanics' Institution." One of the first individuals that responded to the invitation was the same gentleman who, twentythree years previously, opened the temple of science to the artisan -Dr. Birkbeck : and to him, in conjunction with several other public-spirited men, is the institution mainly indebted for its successful foundation. On the 11th November, the first public meeting was held at the Crown and Anchor tavern, and at the election of officers, the doctor was unanimously chosen as President, in which situation he has ever since zealously devoted himself to the promotion of its welfare. It was not until the 20th February, 1824, that the institution fairly commenced operations. On the evening of that day the members assembled in Dr. Lindley's chapel, Moorfields, to hear the President's inaugural address, and an introductory lecture, by Professor Millington, on the elementary principles of mechanical science. The increasing wants of the members rendering more ample accommodation necessary, extensive premises were subsequently procured for the permanent seat of the institution. They are situated in one of the most central parts of the metropolis—29, Southampton-buildings, Chancery-lane, midway between the great leading thoroughfares of Holborn and Fleet-street.
A spacious lecture-room and other suitable apartments for the library and apparatus were erected. The expenses incurred were defrayed by means of subscriptions, assisted by a loan from the worthy President. As the resources of the institution are mainly absorbed in meeting its annual charges, the whole of this loan has not yet been repaid ; it is, however, in a gradual course of liquidation.
Since the establishment of the institution, two evenings in every week (Wednesday and Friday) have been appropriated to the delivers of lectures on various subjects, literary as well as scientific. There is, in the opinion of many old members, much room for improvement both in the selection and arrangement of the subjects.
With regard to the selection, it has been stated, that if great occasionally given in the theatre, the performers consisting chiefly variety was not permitted, the number of members attending the of the members of the Music class. lectures would be considerably diminished. When a lecture on The library, consisting of 7000 volumes, is composed of works
Music, with numerous illustrations," is to be delivered, the theatre, in every branch of science and literature. If we may judge from which can contain within its walls a thousand persons, is usually the appearance of the books, there are pretty good indications of filled to overflowing. On the contrary, when the subject is one of their being used, and sometimes not quite so well as they deserve those sciences not so attractive in its nature, but, nevertheless, of to be. We wonder some bibliopole is not engaged to deliver a great interest and importance, the attendance, although good, is lecture on the question—"How ought books to be taken care of ?" comparatively small. We mention this fact, not because we are We rather think that the sum expended on such a lecture would averse to the cultivation of that which “ softens men's manners not be thrown away, as the next bookbinder's bill would satisfacand suffers them not to become brutal,” but as showing in a torily prove. The library is also amply supplied with the new striking manner what is and what is not “ popular.” These re- reviews and magazines. The reading-room is well attended, marks are not confined to this institution alone, but are, we believe, especially in the evening. It is furnished with the morning applicable to all establishments of similar, and, indeed, of much and evening newspapers, which are removed to the news-room higher, pretensions.
when the reading-room becomes crowded. Indiscriminate admisThe classes are the most efficient means yet devised to carry out sion to the library is not allowed. Any person wanting a work the objects of the institution. They pursue their studies the whole for perusal on the premises is obliged to leave his ticket with year, meeting generally from about half-past eight till ten in the the librarian until the book be returned. evening. The teachers are men of acknowledged ability, and the A very good collection of specimens, illustrative of the sciences manner in which their tuition is imparted, renders it possible for of Geology, Mineralogy, &c., will be found in the museum ; also any one really willing to learn, to acquire the information of which apparatus requisite for illustrating the mechanical and chemical he is in need. We cannot withhold our strong approbation of the sciences, &c. conduct of these gentlemen, and especially those whose services The subscription to the institution is 6s. per quarter, with 2s.6d. are gratuitous. We subjoin a list of the subjects of study in the entrance. Youths under eighteen years of age (students) pay the various classes :
same subscription and have equal privileges with members, except English Grammar, Writing, Arithmetic, Book-keeping, Mathe- voting at the election of officers. Members' sons and apprentices matics, Practical Geometry, Drawing,-architectural, mechanical, may attend the classes or lectures at 38. per quarter. Ladies perspective, and ornamental—Drawing the human figure, Modelling,' are admitted to the lectures and the use of the circulating library, Landscape drawing, Geography, Short-hand, French language, at 58. per quarter, or the lectures only at 3s. The number of Latin language.
persons belonging to the institution was, on the 5th of June, 1839, Besides the above, the following are conducted on the plan of as follows :mutual instruction :-Literary Composition, Chemistry, Experi.
883 Members. mental Philosophy, Natural History, Phrenology, Latin language.
174 Students. There is also a class for French conversation, and several for
13 Members' sons and Apprentices, the various branches of vocal and instrumental Music, for admit.
11 Ladies. tance to which an additionai subscription is required. Concerts are Making a total of 1081.
END OF THE FIRST VOLUME.
BRADBURY AND EVANS, PRINTERS, WHITEPRIARB.