« PreviousContinue »
gentle, bearing, we had already noticed, on our his brow, strongly contrasted with the bectic glow approach, as he passed, and respectfully saluted that flushed bis cheek. There was a slight convulus; and whom we did not fail to recognize by the sive motion of the eye-brows and the edge of the descriptions and encomiums of the ancient herds. lips, which neither the bent brow, nor the fixed exman, He was the eldest, we learned, of a large pression of the month, could quite repress. The family; and being a youth of talents, was, after same nervous affection, I was near enough to obreceiving an excellent education, at no small sacri. serve, was in his hands-they trembled, though bis fices on the part of his father, appointed to a curacy general demeanour was tirm and collected. What near his native place. He was looked up to as the most struck me, were a restlessness and eagerness future staff of his family; for old Maurice Dunn of purpose, mixed with a feeling of intense pain, was only one of those small land-owners belonging which were plainly reflected in the face of our to the better class of yeomanry-a class, unfortu. honest guide, presenting a perfect picture of rustic nately, now nearly extinct in England. In addition perturbation, curiosity, and awe. to his own little property, be held the chief part of “I now also observed his father's eye directed his farm under Lord L, by means of which, towards Maurice Dunn, with an uneasy look, as if, with laudable industry, he was enabled to support for the first time, he bad detected something that a numerous family, and bring op one of his sons to gave him pain. He then looked towards the bride a profession, then, always the worthy ambition of and bridegroom with the same uneasy glance, as if men of his class, to say nothing of making himself to inquire the meaning of what he saw. Other comfortable during his latter days.
eyes, too, were directed towards the Minister; but "Among his most constant hearers were Mrs. he seerned too deeply absorbed in his own thoughts Dillon and ber daughter; and in the character both to heed wbat was passing around him. If his eye of a pastor and tutor, Maurice Dunn was adınitted met another's, it was with fixed coldness and almost like a friend, more than a visitor, at the lady's haughtiness of air. Yet that pride appeared forced, house. Here his fine taste and natural skill in as if there were something he wished to conceal music, drawing, and almost every accomplishment, from the scorn or pity of the world. To me, the recommended him to his pupils far more than his expression of his face, though composed, was one knowledge of the severer branches of learning. of suffering, deep-seated and intense-so well subBut no one, in the circle be knew, boasted of the dued, as scarcely to be detected without previous same irresistible interest and attractions in his knowledge of the cause. It might be the effect of eyes, as the beautiful, the graceful, and the gentle mere physical pain or sickness, not of the heart ; souled, intelligent Margaret.
and there seemed too much pride in his stern eye "Was it possible, then, that, by any dark conspi. to betray its existence, were it there. Altogether, racy of the fates, it had become the bounden duty bis bearing was decidedly not that of a holy minisof Maurice Dunn to unite the fair hand of the being ter, prepared to pronounce a nuptial blessing upon he most adored upon earth to another; to pro the happy, the beautiful, and young; for, what had nounce the nuptial benediction on her as a bride, that expression of pride and reckless indifference and to consign all his cherished love to unavailing to do with an occasion like this ? On the contrary, bitterness and tears? From the rude, un varnished he seemed to glory in despising all those human account of our ancient chronicler, so dreadful a sympathies and attachments, which he was there sacrifice appeared about to be made; and in that called upon to hallow and unite. mode, and under those evil auspices, wbicb leave "As thus stern be stood and looked, bow pot a moral possibility of escape.
fared it with that lovely and gentle bride, who had “Finding this melancholy wedding was to take come to claim bis nuptial benediction upon herself place next day, and that ihe church lay in our and her ill-assorted lord? Had she, indeed, selected route, we agreed, before retiring to rest, to accom such a lover in some hour of wounded pride or pany our worthy host to witness the ceremony. scorn, wben her heart had been crushed or wrang
"The next morning saw us on our way to the with anguish ; or was the marriage, yet more church of L Upon our arrival, we found fearfully, her evil lot ? Was it with such a being that the bridal procession was already there, and she had wandered during the summer season of had passed into the interior of the holy edifice, her love, amidst the forest bowers, and heaths, and
"We took our station as near as the throng per. hills, of her native spot; was it with him she had mitted us, to the altar. The minister already stood visited the sorrowing and the sick, and gladdened before it, the bride and bridegroom at a litile dis the bearts of the orphan and the widow, and made tance; and we could easily distinguish their coun. the homes and bearts of the poor and comfortless tenances, and observe all that passed. The rest of sing for joy? Ah no! He was not her compathe party comprised Lord 's friends, the ninn :-it was with Maurice Dunn, that minister of bride's, and those of the young minister ; among wretcbedness wbo was about to wed her to anthe last of whom was seen his venerable father, other, that she had talked in sweet communion of whose eye frequently turned, with an expression of spirit, during these sacred and too well-remembered pride and pleasure, on his son. That son, indeed, walks. But they were driven to fulól their evil seemed one to deserve the admiration with which destiny: there was no retreat, no escape, for Mauhe was so generally regarded : his uoble figure, rice Dunn. He had vowed it, and to redeem his handsome features, and dignified air and deport pledge, le now stood a sacrifice at the altar of his ment, contrasted strongly with the mean and insig. God. He knew his love was hopeless, and she, too. niticant appearance, spite of his giided trappings, knew it ; yet, had he spoken the word, she would that marked the bridegroom.
have flown with him, even to the uttermost ends of “But what most riveted my attention, was the the earth. Alas ! this one hope she had garnered singularly resolute and concentrated expression in up in her heart, as a last resource ; but he had the features of the minister, as if they had been urged it not; and she there stood before him-all well schooled to some desperate task. Firm in her woman's pride and desperation, added to the spirit, and calm in mood, he looked like one whose tortures of her love, summoned to bear her through thoughts were above, or absent from, all considera the dreaded task. A strange unnatural lustre shone tions of the scene by which he was surrounded ; as in her eye; it could be seen through the folds of her if the world, its weal or woe, with all its vicissi. veil ; and one instinctively turned away from it, tudes, marriages, or deathis, were alike indifferent with something of the same wild or perturbed feel. events to him. Yet a close observer might detect ing-a feeling that seemed to spread its contagious traces of something forced and strange, that excited sympathy to all around. Her face was exquisitely a painful sensation in the beholder, and seemed to beautiful, but almost as white as the dress she betoken little of a peaceful mind.
wore ; and she looked most lovely, in spite of the “And now my fancy began to fill up the rude and deep-seated sadness it betrayed. Her figure was simple sketch of him, drawn by our aged guide; strikingly graceful; her head was slightly droopafter what I had heard, there was a meaning in all ing ; but there was an air of dignity in her whole I saw.
Sudden gleams of thought seemed to deportment, as if emulating that of him who stood "come and go like shadows" titing across his before her in the fixed and concentrated passion of brain, and darkening on his features, even against his doom. his resolute will. An unearthly paleness sat upon "It appeared to me, as if there prevailed throngh 2D. SERIES, NO. 11.- VOL. I.
the whole party, a certain consciousness of some grave of Maurice Dunn, rose the family vault of thing wrong-of some struggle, or some impending the lords of L--: the last name that had been evil, to be encountered; but this ( attributed to there inscribed, was that of Margaret, Countess of mere fancy, until, subsequently, it was remarked L-, who died in the twenty-first year of ber to have been felt by others as well as myself.
age. It was only the second of her ill-starred “While engaged in reading the marriage service, marriage."-p. 82–94. which he pronounced in a bold and clear tone, the young minister had his eye somewhat sternly fixed on the two beings he addressed : his calm brow,
:- Edinburgh Cabinet Library, his lofty tigrire, and deep-toned voice giving double
Vol. IV. Palestine. 12mo. pp. 418. solemnity to his words. At length he took the bride's hand, as if to place it in that of her in Simpkin and Marshall. London. 1831. tended lord ; and it was then, for the first time,
In the first volume of this series, we were that one thrill of feeling seemed to shake his whole frame. He almost started back, as if he introduced to the frozen regions of the had trodden on a serpent ; for he bad felt that hand more deathly cold and trembling than his north, and rendered familiar with darkness, Each seemed to recognize the death-damp danger, icebergs, and polar bears.
The touch, and, shuddering, to shrink from it. To me
second conducted us to the arid wastes of it was evident that she sought to release her hand at the moment when it was placed in that of the Africa, and made us acquainted with the bridegroom; but the minister, recovering himself intolerable fierceness of a perpendicular ing service, and still more rapidly uttered the nup: sun, with burning sands, the want of water, tial blessing.
and the ferocious tribes, both of men and "'The fatal words were pronounced ; and as he animals, that traverse these inhospitable closed the book, be raised his eyes to the bride's face, as if to take one farewell look. Their eyes abodes. By the third, we were led into met: she felt and returned that look ;-but with Egypt, the cradle of the arts, to range a wild expression of woman's agony and reproach, which years have not since obliterated from my along the banks of the majestic Nile, to memorv, nor from that, I think, of any one who reflect on mouldering ruins, and to conwitnessed it. It would appear as if till then she template some of the most ancient monuhad believed it impossible, that he whom she loved would meet her there to execute so fearful ments in the world. The fourth volume and soul-rending a sentence on all her love. It invites us to make the tour of Palestine, appeared to have chilled the very life.blood in her veins, for, regardless of all else around ber, she
to visit mountains and valleys, seas and stood rooted to the spot, as if entranced in woe. rivers, lakes and fountains, cities and vilShe still kept her eye tixed on the minister, who lages, that are immediately connected with had shrunk in apparent terror from that one heart-rending look ; but, as if in answer to it, his events, rendered venerable by the lapse of own was now directed towards his father, sur.
time, and consecrated by the sanctions of rounded by his numerous family. She under. stood him --it was the sole reply he could give; holy writ. and stretching out her hand to him, as if to beg In this volume we have nine chapters, his forgiveness for upbraiding him, she let ber
which furnish introductory observations ; head fall upon his breast, and wept.
"'Thus was divulged the previous secret of their history of the Hebrew commonwealth love ; all that bad before passed,-thus were re. historical outline from the accession of vealed their cruel sufferings, their vain prayers and tears, sternly enforced duty, and sad subinis.
Saul to the destruction of Jerusalem; on sion to their fate. This painful scene was accom the literature and religious usages of the panied by mingled murmurs and imprecations, or by gobs and tears from every spectator ;-but a
ancient Hebrews; destruction of Jerusamore trying crisis was at hand. With that one lem; description of the country south and distracted Jook, and the tears of her he had just
east of Jerusalem ; description of the wedded to another wet upon his bosom, were crowned the sufferings of the young martyr to
country northward of Jerusalem ; the hislove and duty. After fixing his eye upon his tory of Palestine from the fall of Jerusalem father, and supporting the sobbing bride for a moment in his arms, he saw and felt no more,
to the present time; and the natural his. His beart was broken ; agony had burst its walls. tory of Palestine. Under these general The blood rushed in torrents through his mouth
heads, much interesting matter is arranged; and ears, and he fell dead at the foot of the altar.
"One piercing shrike was heard above every and although a considerable portion is other voice, as the young distracted bride threw derived from the information and authority herself in passionate agony on ber lover's body; and the house of God resounded only with the
of scripture, it is pleasing to observe, that voice of grief. Long insensibility came merci. these statements are corroborated by the fully to her relief, and in that state the unhappy testimony of many authors, to whom the lady was borne from the church,-her white bridal robes stained with the blood of him to wbom she declarations of the Bible were probably would have been happy to be united even in unknown, and over whom, if they had death. Nor was it very long before the prayer which ever after rose to her lips, was granted to
been acquainted with its statements, it her sufferings.
would have extended no commanding " Accompanied by my friend, I instantly left the
influence. place; and in the deep sequestered solitudes of the woods and mountains, we for a time sougbt The chapters which introduce the cruto forget the painful impression this event had
saders to our notice, awaken feelings which produced. " It was about two years after our return,
no language can accurately express. We that we requested one of our friends, then on a look on these renowned devotees of relivisit near the village of L--, to inquire into the fate of the unhappy bride. He visited the church
gion, romance, and chivalry, with the yard, and near the humbler stone that marked the mingled emotions of pity, censure, and
admiration. Their courage and perseve and the prayers contain a respectable varance were perhaps never exceeded, and riety. In most instances, these petitions the sufferings which multitudes among bear their authors' names, among whom these hordes of adventurers were compelled we find many of the highest respectability. to endure, appear almost to surpass belief
. 2. Daily Communings, Spiritual und To them, toil and hardships seemed to give Devotional, on select Portions of the repose ; and, from their cheerful submission Psalms, by Bishop Horne, (Nisbet, Lonto calamities, we might be half tempted to don,) command our attention by their imagine that privations constituted a con- pious and intelligent author's name. Horne siderable portion of their enjoyment. On on the Psalms is a work not likely to sink most occasions they displayed an arduous into oblivion. It is a source whence many and enterprising spirit, which was worthy inferior “urns draw light.” In this little of a better cause.
book, each of the psalms, in succession, Of Jerusalem, the accounts given in this yields its materials for spiritual musings. volume are from various travellers, both The observations are brief, but full of life of ancient and modern times; and, as a na and genuine devotion. tural consequence, we behold this venerable 3. Royal Tablet, (Smith and Doliers, city descending froin the most exalted state London,) is a novel specimen of art, of splendour, down to the meanest con- adapted, in its larger form, to sketching, dition of degradation. The history of its drawing, writing out exercises in languages, vicissitudes cannot be contemplated without &c.; and, in its pocket shape, is particu. melancholy reflections and painful asso- larly useful for memoranda, as the smallest ciations. It is still trodden down of the writing is as legible as print. The surface, Gentiles, and groaning under the divine which is beautifully white, takes the pencil displeasure.
in the most pleasing manner; and, on its The visits and observations of travellers being cleaned by moisture, is always reare condensed in this volume almost into stored to its original freshness and purity: an essence. We survey the sacred enclo 4. The Unsearchable Riches of Christ, sures, chapels, vaults, and relics, with suf- by Thomas Brooks, (Book Society, Lonficient minuteness to gratify curiosity, with- don,) is a neat reprint of a valuable work, out becoming weary with the tediousness which is too well known in the religious of detail. Not only Jerusalem, but its envi- world to require any recommendation. It rons, and all the surrounding country, are
is a book in which learning and piety are crowded with objects deeply interesting to so happily combined, that the scholar and Jews and Christians; and so full of life the christian may read it with mutual ad. and animation are the descriptions, that vantage. we seem transported into the holy land, to 5. American Biography - Memoirs of live in departed ages, and to witness with Mrs. Ann Judson and Mrs. Martha Ramour bodily organs the realities, of which say, (Nisbet, London,) can hardly fail to the author furnishes only the descriptive interest and operate on the mind of every delineations.
reader. The memoir of Mrs. Ramsay disSeveral well-executed wood.cuts illus- plays the christian character in brilliant trate various prominent subjects; but for colours, under the most trying vicissitudes these, for the modern history of Palestine, of fortune ; and, perhaps, that of Mrs. and for its natural productions, geological, Judson is one of the most remarkable and vegetable, and animal, the reader must interesting sketches of female biography have recourse to the work itself. Palestine extant. This latter furnishes a luminous will never cease to furnish momentous picture of the manners and cruelty of the topics for contemplation to the Christian inhabitants throughout the Burman empire. world; hence, amidst all the gratification 6. The Moravians in Greenland, (Niswhich this volume affords, it will be found bet, London,) is a little volume that conbetter calculated to stimulate, than to re tains much useful information. It not only press further inquiry.
traces the progress of the mission in that dreary region, but furnishes an entertaining history of the country, of its productions,
and of its inhabitants. Many remarkable 1. The Book of Private Devotion, &c. incidents are scattered through its pages ; with an Introductory Essay on Prayer, and the reader is amused with anecdotes of chiefly from the Writings of Hannah very singular occurrence. More, (Nisbet, London,) is neat in its 7. A Series of Lessons in Prose and exterior, but more intrinsically valuable Verse, being an Introduction to a Course within.
The essay is judiciously written; of Elementary Reading in Science and
BRIEP SURVEY OF BOOKS.
Literature, by J. M. M*Culloch, A.M., London,) are useful little books in their (Simpkin, London,) every reader will respective departments. They are all inperuse with pleasure. These lessons are tended for learners, and to them they will intended for the young, for whose instruc- communicate the elementary principles of tion they are admirably adapted ; but, scientific knowledge. containing extracts from very many cele 14. Considerations on the Necessity and brated authors, the sentimenis communi- Equity of a National Banking System, &c., cated will be found valuable by those of (Maclean, Edinburgh,) is another of those riper years. This book is deserving of a Utopian schemes with which the press, place in every respectable seminary. in some department or other, every day
8. Memoir of the Rev. Samuel Kilpin, abounds. Many things look well in theory, late of Ereler, (Hamilton, London,) is a which, on reducing to practice, put on a pleasing biographical sketch of a pious widely different aspect. The author apminister, who was made a blessing to the pears to mean well; but we suspect that neighbourhood in which he resided. It his plan will end in abortion. contains nothing particularly remarkable, 15. Nursing Fathers and Mothers of yet it is deserving a place among the the Children of the Church, a Sermon, by memoirs of pious usefulness which enrich Greville Ewing, (Westley, London,) conour libraries: An appendix embraces a tains little to admire, and little to condemn. memoir of Mr. Kilpin's son.
Like many similar publications, it will live 9. Bible Stories, for the use of Children, its day, and then quietly retire from the by the Rev. Samuel Wood, B.A., (Simpkin, scrutiny of fastidious critics. London,) is a plain little book, which will 16. The System of Erclusion and Debe found useful in the nursery, and in nunciation considered, by Willium Ellery Sunday and other schools. These stories Channing, D. D., (Hunter, London, are from the Old Testament; but, being though a reprint of what was published in marked as Part I., another may be expected America in 1815, bas a strong bearing on from the New.
the late dissensions which occurred in the 10. Addresses for Sunday Schools, with anniversary of the British and Foreign Bible appropriate Prayers, by the Rev. Samuel Society. It contains much powerful reasonWood, B. A., (Hunter, London,) presentings, and many pertinent remarks. Mr. to the reader many excellent observations Gordon, and his associate zealots, would do and many passages of a very questionable well to consider its contents. nature. In a prayer that appears in p. 60, 17. An Essay upon the Wines and the following reprehensible expression oc- strong Drinks of the ancient Hebrews, &c. curs — “Let it then be found, that we by the Rev. Moses Stuart, M. A., with have been good and virtuous children, and a Prefuce, by John Pye Smith, D.D., that we deserve to enter into the joy of our (Wilson, London,) brings us immediately Lord.” The merit of good works is avowed within the current of the Temperance sa by Roman Catholics, but by all orthodox cieties, the cause of which it advocates in Protestants, both churchmen and dissenters, an able manner. The general purport of it is justly exploded as heretical and anti- this pamphlet is, to discard the use of stichristian.
mulants altogether, as being injurious to 11. The Saints' Everlasting Rest, by health, and inimical to the pure principles Richard Baxter, (Tract Society, London,) of Christianity. Mr. Stuart's is a wellappears here in an abridged form. This written pamphlet, and Mr. Smith's preface will so reduce the price of this invaluable is worthy of its author. work, as to place it in the hands of many 18. A Brief Directory for Evangelical to whom its present cost will not be an Ministers, (Tract Society, London,) conimportant object.
tains extracts from the writings of several 12. Questions on the Companion to the celebrated ministers of former days. It has Bible, (Religious Tract Society, London,) a neat appearance, and the sentiments are Sunday-school teachers will be glad to admirable; but the utility of giving this receive into their libraries. It is a little publication an isolated existence, is not so book, calculated to improve the mind in apparent. theological knowledge.
19. The Commercial Vade - Mecum, 13. Eleven Catechisms :-on English (Allen, Glasgow,) supports the common Grammar; English Composition ; French character of these useful works. In addition Grammar; History of England; Latin
to the price at per pound and yard, comGrammar ; Zoology; Geography; Works mission, interest, value of foreign coins, &c., of Creation ; History of Scotland ; Draw. it contains a list of all the cities, towns, ing; and Christian Instruction, (Simpkin, &c. throughout the British empire, with
their respective population, distance from
CHOLERA MORBUS, IN HAMBURGH, London, markets, fairs, &c. &c. together with many other branches of useful informa- The public have long heard of the dreadtion. We regret that the new census is not ful ravages made by this fatal disease, both embraced in the statement of population.
in India, and on the continent of Europe. 20. Hints on the Cholera Morbus, by The danger of its visiting this country has Esther Copley, (Darton, London,) strongly now assumed such an alarming attitude, recommends cleanliness, temperance, and that, cautions and observations, respecting moderation in every enjoyment. Excess, its prevention, symptoms, and cure, form wet feet, lying on damp ground, sleeping a long and distinguished article in the Lonin low ill-ventilated rooms, generate and don Gazette, of Friday, October 21. Of strengthen disease. This is a little tract this very serious and interesting article, the replete with good advice, founded on com- following is an abridged account.
The disease prevails at Hamburgh in a 21. A Familiar Treatise on the Human most alarming degree, and the intercourse Eye, containing Rules to be observed in between that city and this country, every the Choice of Spectacles, &c. by Francis one knows to be exceedingly great. The West, Optician, Fleet-street, London, is quarantine laws will, it is hoped, be a deserving the serious attention of every
sufficient guard in all regular communicapossesses the organs of vision, tions. The greatest danger is from smugand wishes to preserve them. It is a smalí gling. This is an inlet which nothing but tract, containing no more than forty-seven the good sense, humanity, and self-interest pages; but its diminutive magnitude is of the community can protect. To avoid more than compensated by its intrinsic all clandestine communication with susexcellence. On the construction of the eye, picious places, is therefore most solemnly the nature of vision, the advantage of glasses, and earnestly recommended, as an indisand the judgment that should be exercised pensable duty to every inhabitant of the in the selection of these valuable auxiliaries, British empire. the author makes some very sensible oh
Cleanliness is particularly recommended, servations. We have rarely perused a little especially in narrow and crowded streets. pamphlet with more unmingled satisfaction. Decayed vegetables, rags, cordage, waste
22. Millman's Tales, adupted for the papers, old clothes, and dirty walls and Higher Classes of Youth, (Souter, London,) furniture, are instruments to receive, retain, scarcely aspire to the character of facts. and communicate infection. The removal They are said to be Tales of the Stanley of these, constant washing, and ventilation, Family; but they would have flourished are among the best securities against this with equal luxuriance, if they had been mortal disease. Dissipation, irregular engrafted on any other name. True to habits, and the indulgence in ardent spirits, character, in many respects, they undoubt- have also been found to furnish the greater edly are, but it is character that is only of number of victims. rare occurrence ; and, perhaps, on this
It is also recommended, that, in every account, they are better calculated to large town, persons be appointed to watch delight the imagination than to improve the first appearance of the malady. These the understanding. The design of the are immediately to give notice to medical writer we most readily admit to be truly men, who will communicate with the laudable, as they invariably lead to some
Board of Health in London Houses also useful conclusion, which the reader cannot should be provided in the vicinity of each fail to appreciate.
place, to which the afflicted may be in23. A Selection of Erercises on the stantly removed, to prevent the spread of Pronunciation of the French Language, contagion. &c. &c. by W. H. Spiller, Highgate Hill, To these general admonitions we beg to (Simpkin, London,) is a respectable volume, add the following document, which canthat promises to be extensively useful. It not fail to command attention, from the will be no small advantage to the youthful high medical authority with which it is reader to find, in 350 exercises, all letters, sanctioned. not sounded, printed in italics. The
“ Board of Health, College of Physicians, example thus given will furnish a ground
October 20. of analogy on which he may proceed with safety, when subjects occur that appear in “ The following are the early symptoms similar constructions. The vocabulary of of the disease in it most marked form, as it every term used in this volume, the pupil occurred to the observation of Dr. Russell will find to be a considerable acquisition. and Dr. Barry, at St. Petersburgh, corro