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political line begets indifference. He who Sandt.—It should be plaintive. Oh, could does not keep his own country more closely it be but persuasive ! in view than any other, soon mixes land Kotzebue.- Why take this deep interest with sea, and sea with air, and loses sight in me? I do not merit nor require it. Sure. of every thing, at least, for which he was ly any one would think we had been acplaced in contact with his fellow men. quainted with each other for many years. Let us unite, if possible, with the nearest : Sandt.—What! should I have asked you let usages and familiarities bind us: this such a question as the last, after long knowbeing once accomplished, let us confederate ing you? for security and peace with all the people Kotzebue (aside)—This resemblesinsanity. round, particularly with people of the same Sandt.The insane have quick ears, sir, language, laws, and religion. We pour out and sometimes quick apprehensions. wine to those about us, wishing the same Kotzebue.— I really beg your pardon. fellowship and conviviality to others : but Sandt.--I ought not then to have heard to enlarge the circle would disturb and you, and beg yours. My madness could deadenits harmony. We irrigate the ground release many from a worse ; from a madin our gardens: the public road may require ness which hurts them grievously; a madthe water equally : yet we give it rather to ness which has been and will be hereditary :

rders; and first to those that lie mine, again and again I repeat it, would against the house! God himself did not fill burst asunder the strong swathes that fasten the world at once with happy creatures: he them to pillar and post. Sir! sir! if I enenlivened one small portion of it with them, tertained not the remains of respect for you, and began with single affections, as well as in your domestic state, I should never have pure and unmixt. We must have an object held with you this conversation. Germany and an aim, or our strength, if any strength is Germany: she ought to have nothing belongs to us, will be useless.

political in common with what is not Ger.. Kotzebue.There is much good sense in many. Her freedom and security now de. these remarks : but I am not at all time at mand that she celebrate the communion of leisure and in readiness to receive instruc- the faithful. Our country is the only one tion. I am old enough to have laid down in all the explored regions on earth that my own plans of life ; and I trust I am by never has been conquered. Arabia and Rusno means deficient in the relations I bear to ria boast it falsely; France falsely ; Rome society.

falsely. A fragment off the empire of DaSandı.Lovest thou thy children? Oh! rius fell and crushed her: Valentinian was my heart bleeds! But the birds can fly; the footstool of Sapor, and Rome was buand the nest requires no warmth from the ried in Byzantium. Boys must not learn parent, no cover against the rain and the this, and nien will not. Britain, the wealthwind.

iest and most powerful of nations, and, after Kotzebue.- This is wildness: this is agony. our own, the most literate and humane, reYour face is laden with large drops ; some ceived from us colonies and laws. Alas! of them tears, some not. Be more rational those laws, which she retains as her fairest and calm, my dear young man! and less heritage, we value not: we surrender them enthusiastic.

to gangs of robbers, who fortify themselves Sandt.—They who will not let us be ra- within walled cities, and enter into leagues tional, make us enthusiastic by force. Do against us. When they quarrel, they push you

love your children? I ask you again. us upon one another's sword, and command If you do, you must love them more than us to thank God for the victories that en. another man's. Only they who are indif- slave us. These are the glories we celeferent to all, profess a parity.

brate ; these are the festivals we hold, on Kotzebue.—Sir! indeed your conversation the burial-mounds of our ancestors. Blessvery much surprises me.

ed are those who lie under them! blessed Sandt.—I see it does: you stare, and are also those who remember what they would look proud. Emperors'and kings, were, and call upon their names in the holi. and all but maniacs, would lose that faculty ness of love. with me. I could speedily bring them to a Kotzebue.-Moderate the transport that just sense of their nothingness, unless their inflames and consumes you. There is no ears were calked and pitched, although I am dishonor in a nation being conquered by a no Savonarola. He, too, died sadly! stronger. Kotzebue.-Amid so much confidence of Sandt.There

may be great dishonor in power, and such an assumption of authori- letting it be stronger; great, for instance, ty, your voice is gentle--almost plaintive. in our disunion.

spare me!

Kotzebue.—We have only been conquered Kotzebue.--In such confederacy I see no. by the French in our turn.

thing but conspiracy and rebellion, and I am Sandı.—No, sir, no: we have not been, bound, I tell you again, sir, to defeat it, if in turn or out. Our puny princes were dis possible. armed by promises and lies: they accepted Sandt.Bound! I must then release you. paper crowns from the very thief who was Kotzebue.—How should you, young gensweeping into his hat their forks and spoons. tleman, release me? A cunning traitor spared incautious ones, Sandt.May no pain follow the cutting plucked them, devoured them, and slept up- of the knot! But think again : think better: on their feathers.

Kotzebue. I would rather turn back with Kotzebue.--I will not betray you. you to the ancient glories of our country, Sandt.—That would serve nobody: yet, than fix my attention on the sorrowful scenes if in your opinion betraying me can benefit more near to us. We may be justly proud you or your family, deem it no harm; so of our literary men, who unite the suffrages much greater has been done by you in abanof every capital, to the exclusion of almost doning the cause of Germany. Here is your all their own.

paper; here is your ink. Sandt.—Many Germans well deserve this Kotzebue.Do you imagine me an inhonor, others are manger-fed and hirelings. former?

Kotzebue.—The English and the Greeks Sandt.-From maxims and conduct such are the only nations that rival us in poetry, as yours, spring up the brood, the necessity, or in any works of imagination.

and the occupation of them. There would Sandt.-While on this high ground we be none, if good men thought it a part of pretend to a rivalship with England and goodness to

be as active and vigilant as the Greece, can we reflect, without a sinking bad. I must go, sir! Return to yourself in of the heart, on our inferiority in political time! How it pains me to think of losing and civil dignity? Why are we lower than you! Be my friend! they? Our mothers are like their mothers;

Kotzebue. I would be. our children are like their children ; our Sandt.-Be a German ! limbs are as strong, our capacities are as

Kotzebue.-I am. enlarged, our desire of improvement in the Sandt, (having gone out.)—Perjurer and arts and sciences is neither less vivid and profaner! Yet his heart is kindly. I must generous, nor less temperate and well-di- grieve for him! Away with tenderness! I rected. The Greeks were under disadvan- disrobe him of the privilege to pity me or tages which never bore in any degree on us; to praise me, as he would have done had I yet they rose through them vigorously and lived of old. Better men shall do more. erectly. They were Asiatic in what ought God calls them: me too he calls : I will en. to be the finer part of the affections; their ter the door again. May the greater sacri. women were veiled and secluded, never vis- fice bring the people together, and hold ited the captive, never released the slave, them evermore in peace and concord. The never sat by the sick in the hospital, never lesser victim follows willingly. (Enters heard the child's lesson repeated in the again.) school. Ours are more tender, compas

Turn! die! (strikes.) sionate, and charitable, than poets have Alas! alas! no man ever fell alone. How feigned of the past, or prophets have an. many innocent always perish with one guilnounced of the future; and, nursed at their ty! and writhe longer! breasts and educated at their feet, blush we Unhappy children! I shall weep for

you not at our degeneracy? The most indiffer. elsewhere. Some days are left me. ent stranger feels a pleasure at finding, in very few the whole of this little world will the worst-written history of Spain, her va- lie between us. I have sanctified in you the rious kingdoms ultimately mingled, although memory of your father. Genius but reveals the character of the governors, and perhaps dishonor, commiseration covers it. of the governed, is congenial to few. What delight, then, must overflow on Europe, from seeing the mother of her noblest nation rear again her venerable head, and bless

ALLAN Cunningham -Chauntry had caused a all her children for the first time united!

splendid vault to be built for himself, and, with Kotzebue.—I am bound to oppose such a much kindness, proposed to Allan Cunningham project.

that he also should be buried in it. “No no," anSandt.-Say not so: in God's name, say ru lio whar' ihe wind shall blow orer, and the dai

swered Allan, “ I'll not be built overwhen I'm dead; not so.

seys grow upon my grave."




From the Dublin University Magazine.

From Blackwood's Magazine,

The heavy swell was recorded in our last “This is to be a mortal,

for the admiration and instruction of remote And se ak the things beyond mortality."-MANPRKD.

ages. When the nineteenth century shall She gazes on the stars, her dark hair flung be long out of date, and centuries in generBack from her brow of marble purity ;

al out of their teens, posterity will revert to Her high, pale features wear a holy calm Intensely beautiful, like Ocean's wave

our delineation of the heavy swell with Reposing in the light of summer's eve

pleasure undiminished, through the long When scarce a sound doth murmur in the breeze. succession of ages yet to come; the maca. There is a magic in her lustrous eye

roni, the fop, the dandy, will be forgotten, That eloquently speaksma nameless spell Silent yet breathing volumes, and in words

or remembered only in our graphic portraiOf mystery revealing that her soul

ture of the heavy swell. But the heavy Holds with each scene of wide magnificence swell is, after all, a harmless nobody. His A rapt communion, peopling the gloomy waste, curse, his besetting sin, his monomania, is Of Solitude with bright imaginings, And catching from each mount,' and vale, and vanity tinctured with pride; his weak point stream,

can hardly be called a crime, since it affects The gorgeous visions of her strange romance, and injures nobody but himself, if, indeed,

it can be said to injure him who glories in She gazes on the stars, and o'er her soul (Like voices from the undiscovered shores)

his vocation-who is the echo of a sound, Rush the fond thoughts that in the grave of time

the shadow of a shade. Had slumbered long-memories of the past

The GENTILITY-MONGERS, on the contrary, Forgotten hopes—and dreams of vanished years— are positively noxious to society, as well The fame of gallant heroes, and their deeds Recorded in the Poet's martial lay,

particular as general. There is a twofold And chronicles which tell of empires rent

or threefold iniquity in their goings-on ; Asunder: and as she gazed, the bright stars they sin against society, their families, and Told their secrets, and ages yet unborn

themselves; the whole business of their In dreamy indistinctness shadowed forth Stole on her ravished sight. Stately cities

lives is a perversion of the text of Scrip: That sate majestic in their queenly pride,

ture, which commandeth us, “in whatever Stripp'd of their coronal of towers she saw ; station we are, therewith to be content.” And the halls where mirth and song re-echoed, The gentility-monger is a family man, Voiceless as the tomb ; and the streets that rang With shouts of triumph, as the victor's car

having a house somewhere in Marylebone, Passed on, resembling some lone wilderness; or Pancras parish. He is sometimes a man And o'er each ruined arch and colonnade

of independent fortune-how acquired, noWild wreaths of ivy twined : no echo woke

body knows; that is his secret, his mysteThe strange unearth!y stillness of the sceneIt seem'd as if Death's angel spread his wings

ry. He will let no one suppose that he has O'er the devoted city.

ever been in trade ; because, when a man

intends gentility-mongering, it must never She traced upon

be known that he has formerly carried on The gleaming tablet of the clear blue sky The destiny of kings : their grandeur gone

the tailoring, or the shipping, or the cheese. Like the rich sunlight from the crimson cloud mongering, or the fish-mongering, or any Or even ; themselves lone exiles, crownless, other mongering than the gentility-monger. And forgotten as though they ne'er had been. Young Warriors too, who in the noble cause

ing. His house is very stylishly furnished; Of Liberty unsheath'd their glittering blades,

that is to say, as unlike the house of a man She saw in myriads falling on the plain

of fashion as possible--the latter having Or battle, as leaves before the hollow wind

only things the best of their kind, and for When sweeping through the red Autumnal woods. use; the former displaying every variety of She gazed on Maidens fair and beautiful, That in celestial loveliness appeared

extravagant gimcrackery, to impress you Like Hebes of the earth ; but on their brows with a profound idea of combined wealth The seal of Death was set, and those voices and taste, but which, to an educated eye and Which as the chiming fall of waters were Most musical, she knew would soon be bushed

mind only, conveys a lively idea of ostentaFor ever!

tion. When you call upon a gentility-mon

ger, a broad-shouldered, coarse, ungentleBut as she read the fatal characters

manlike footman, in Aurora plushes, ushers Emblazoned on the starry scroll of Heaven, A deeper shade of melancholy passed

you to a drawing room, where, on tables O'er lier pale features, and a pearly tear

round, and square, and hexagonal, are set Fell from those large dark eyes, and mournfully forth jars, porcelain, china and delft; shells, She turned from the sad history.

spars; stuffed parrots under bell-glasses ; April, 1834.

corals, minerals, and an infinity of trump

ery, among which albums, great, small and dungus, and thereupon you are favored with intermediate, must by no means be forgot- sundry passages (out of Debrett,) upon the ten.

intermarriages, &c., of that illustrions famiThe room is papered with some splenda- ly; you are asked whether Bishop is the cious pattern in blue and gold; a chandelier composer of " I saw her in a twinkling," and of imposing gingerbread depends from the wheiher the minor is not fine? Miss tells richly ornamented ceiling; every variety of you she has transposed it from G to C, as ottoman, lounger, settee, is scattered about, suiting her voice better--whereupon mamso that to get a chair involves the right-of- ma acquaints you, that a hundred and search question; the bell-pulls are painted twenty guineas for a harp is moderate, she in Poonah; there is a Brussels carpet of fla- thinks; you think so too, taking that oppor. ming colors, curtains with massive fringes, tunity to admire the harp, saying that you bad pictures in gorgeous frames; prints, saw one exactly like it at Lord (any Lord after Ross, of her Majesty and Prince Al- that strikes you,) So-and-So's, in St. James's bert, of course ; and mezzotints of the Duke Square. This produces an invitation to dinof Wellington and Sir Robert Peel, for ner; and with many lamentations on Engwhom the gentility-monger has a profound lish weather, and an eulogium on the clirespect, and of whom he talks with a famili- mate of Florence, you pay your parting arity, showing that it is not his fault, at compliments, and take your leave. least, if these exalted personages do not At dinner you meet a claret-faced Irish admit him to the honor of their acquaint- absentee, whose good society is a good ance.

dinner, and who is too happy to be asked In fact, you see the drawing-room is not anywhere that a good dinner is to be had ; a intended for sitting down in, and when the young silky clergyman, in black curled lady appears, you are inclined to believe whiskers, and a white choker ; one of the she never sits down; at least the full-blown meaner fry of M. P.'s; a person who calls swell of that satin skirt seems never destin. himself a foreign count; a claimant of a ed to the compression of a chair. The con- dormant peerage ; a baronet of some sort, versation is as usual, “ Have you read the not above the professional; sundry propriemorning paper ?” meaning the Court Circu- ty-faced people in yellow waistcoats, who lar and fashionable intelligence; “ do you say little, and whose social position you know whether the Queen is at Windsor or cannot well make out; half-a-dozen ladies Claremont, and how long her majesty in. of an uncertain age, dressed in grand style, tends to remain ; whether town is fuller than with turbans of imposing tournure ; and a it was, or not so full; when the next Al- young, diffident, equivocal-looking gent who mack's ball takes place ; whether you were sits at the bottom of the table, and whoni at the last drawing-room, and which of the you instinctively make out to be a family fair debutantes you most admire; whether doctor, tutor, or nephew, with expectations. Tamburini is to be denied us next year ?" No young ladies, unless the young ladies of with many lamentations touching the pos- the family, appear at the dinner parties of sible defection, as if the migrations of an these gentility-mongers; because the moopera thrush were of the least consequence tive of the entertainment is pride, not pleasto any rational creature-of course you ure; and therefore prigs and frumps are in don't say so, but lament Tamburini as if he keeping, and young women with brains, or were your father; "whether it is true that power of conversation, would only distract we are to have the two Fannies, Taglioni attention from the grand business of life, and Cerito, this season; and what a heaven that is to say, dinner; besides, a seat at taof delight we shall experience from the uni- ble here is an object, where the expense is ted action of these twenty supernatural pet great, and nobody is asked for his or her titoes." You needn't express yourself af. own sake, but for an object either of ostenter this fashion, else you will shock miss, tation, interest, or vanity. Hospitality nevwho lounges near you in an agony of af- er enters into the composition of a gentilityfected rapture ; you must sigh, shrug your monger; he gives a dinner, wine, and a shoulders, twirl your cane, and say “ di- shake of the hand, but does not know what vine--yes-hope it may be so-exquisite- the word welcome means; he says, now and erquisite.” This naturally leads you to the then, to his wife, “My dear, I think we must last new songs, condescendingly exhibited give a dinner;" a dinner is accordingly deto you by miss, if you are somebody, (if no- termined on, cards issued three weeks in body, miss does not appear ;) you are in advance, that you may be premeditatedly formed that “My heart is like a pickled sal. dull; the dinner is gorgeous to repletion, mon,” is dedicated to the Duchess of Mun that conversation may be kept as stagnant as possible. Of those happy surprise invi-monger, his lady and miss, with nods and tations—those unexpected extemporaneous becks, and wreathed smiles of unqualified dinners, that as they come without thinking admiration and respect. or expectation, so go off with eclat, and leave As the order of precedence at the house behind the memory of a cheerful evening of a gentility-monger is not strictly under. he has no idea ; a man of fashion, whose stood, the host desires Honorable Snistky to place is fixed, and who has only himself to take down miss; and calling out the names please, will ask you to a slice of crimped of the other guests, like a muster-master of cod and a hash of mutton, without ceremo- the guards, pairs them, and sends them down ny: and when he puts a cool bottle on the to the dining-room, where you find the ne. table, after a dinner that he and his friend phew, or family doctor, (or whatever he is,) have really enjoyed, will never so much as who has inspected the arrangement of the apologize with," my dear sir, I fear you table, already in waiting. have had a wretched dinner,” or “I wish I You take your place, not without that er. had known: I should have had something cess of ceremony that distinguishes the tabetter.” This affected depreciation of his ble of a gentility-monger; the Honorable hospitality he leaves to the gentility-mon- Sniftky, ex-officio, takes his place between ger, who will insist on cramming you with mamma and miss, glancing vacancy round fish, flesh, and fowls,till you are like to burst; the table, lest any body should think himself and then, by way of apology, get his guests especially honored by a fixed stare ; covers to pay the reckoning in plethoric laudation are removed by the mob of occasional waitof his mountains of rictual.

ers in attendance, and white soup and brown If you wait in the drawing-room, kicking soup, thick and heavy as judges of assize, your heels for an hour after the appointed go circuit. time, although you arrived to a minute, as Then comes hobnobbing, with an interloevery Christian does, you may be sure that cutory dissertation upon a plateau, candelusomebody who patronizes the gentility-brum, or some other superfluous machine, monger, probably the Honorable Mr. Snistky, in the centre of the table. One of the prois expected, and has not come. It is vain fessed diners-out, discovers for the twentifor you to attempt to talk to your host, host- eth time an inscription in dead silver on the ess, or miss, who are absorbed, body and pedestal, and inquires with well-affected ig. soul, in expectation of Honorable Sniftky; norance whether that is a present ; the genthe propriety-faced people in the yellow tility-monger asks the diner-out to wine, as waistcoats attitudinize in groups about the he deserves, then enters into a long apoloroom, putting one pump out, drawing the getical self-laudation of his exertions in beother in, inserting the thumb gracefully in half of the CANNIBAL ISLANDS, ABORIGINES, the arm-hole of the yellow waistcoats, and PROTECTION, AND British SUBJECT TRANS. talking icicles; the young fellows play with PORTATION Society, (some emigration crimpa sprig of lily-of-the-valley in a button-hole ing scheme, in short,) in which his humble -admire a flowing portrait of miss, asking efforts to diffuse civilization and promote one another if it is not very like-or hang Christianity, however unworthy, (“No, no," over the back of a chair of one of the tur- from the diner-out,) gained the esteem of baned ladies, who gives good evening par. his fellow-laborers, and the approbation of ties; the host receives a great many com- his own con

“Shall I send you some pliments upon one thing and another, from fish, sir ?" says the man at the foot of the some of the professed diners-out, who take table, addressing himself to the Honorable every opportunity of paying for their din. Sniftky, and cutiing short the oration. ner beforehand; every body freezes with the A monstrous salmon and a huge turbot chilling sensation of dinner deferred, and are now dispensed to the hungry multitude ; “curses not loud but deep," are imprecated the gentility-monger has no idea that the on the Honorable Sniftky. At last, a pro- biggest turbot is not the best; he knows it longed rat-tat-tat announces the arrival of the is the dearest, and that is enough for him ; be noble beast, the lion of the evening ; the would have his dishes like his cash-book, to Honorable Sniftky, who is a junior clerk in show at a glance how much he has at his the Foreign Office, is announced by the foot- banker's. When the flesh of the guests has man out of livery, (for the day,) and an. been sufficiently fishified, there is an internounces himself a minute after; he comes regnum, filled up with another circuit of in a long tailed coat and boots, to show his wine, until the arrival of the pièces de resis. contempt for his entertainers, and mouths tance, the imitations of made dishes, and the a sort of apology for keeping his betters usual etceteras. The conversation, mean. waiting, which is received by the gentility- while, is carried on in a staccato style; a

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