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While the weird sisters weave the horrid While the frolick zephyrs stir,
Playing with the gossamer,
And, on ruder pinions born,
There as o'er the fields we pass,
We will startle from her nest, (While far below the fitful oar
The lively lark with speckled breast, Flings its faint pauses on the steepy
And hear the floating clouds among
Her gale-transported matin song,
To the herdsman's oaten quill;
Wafted from the plain below;
Or the milkmaid in the grove, And guide the wakeful helms-man's Singing of one that died for love.
Or when the noon-tide heats oppress, eye To Helice in northern sky;
We will seek the dark recess, And there upon the rock inclined Where, in the embowered translucent With mighty visions fill'st the mind,
stream, Such as bound in magick spell
The cattle shun the sultry beam, Him who grasped the gates of hell,
And o'er us, on the marge reclined, And bursting Pluto's dark domain
The drowsy fly her horn shall wind, Held to the day the terrours of his While echo, from her ancient oak, reign.
Shall answer to the woodman's stroke; • Genius of Horrour and romantick awe,
Or the little peasant's song, Whose eye explores the secrets of Wandering lone the glens among, the deep,
His artless lips with berries died, Whose power can bid the rebel fluids And feet through ragged shoes decreep,
scried." Can force the inmost soul to own its law;
Our account of these volumes Who shall now, sublimest spirit, Who shall now thy wand inherit,
ought not to be closed without our From him thy darling child who best stating, that, from the variety of their Thy shuddering images exprest?
contents, the perusal of them is ex. Sullen of soul and stern and proud, tremely interesting and agreeable; His gloomy spirit spurned the croud, and we observe, with sincere plea
And now he lays his aching head In the dark mansion of the silent dead.” by their having already passed
sure, that their popularity is evinced We cannot refrain from inserting racter of melancholy, so strongly im.
through several editions. The chaone more extract, from an address to
on the features of the au. Contemplation, which very happily thor's face, in the portrait which is imitates the style of Milton's Alle prefixed to his works, will be congro,
templated with corresponding emo- : “ I will meet thee on the hill,
tions by such readers as are able to Where, with printless footsteps still appreciate his merits, and can feel The morning in her buskin gray, for his untimely fate. Springs upon her eastern way;
FROM THE MONTHLY REVIEW.
Description du Pachalik, &c. i. 6. A Description of the Pachalik of Bagdad, followed
by a historical Notice of the Wahabees, and by some other Pieces relative to the History and Literature of the East. By M. ***. Nvo. pp. 260. Paris, 1809. Price 9s sewed.
THE pieces which compose this of the English ambassadour at Consmall, oriental collection are four in stantinople." number. After the description of the
We extract the passages in the Pachalik of Bagdad, and an account account of the Pachalik, which apof the origin and progress of the Wahabees, we are presented with information.
pear to us to contain the most useful translations of detached pieces of Persian poetry, and with a series of “The climate of Bagdad, though very observations on the Yezidees, a sect healthy, is subject to excessive heat in in some degree Mohammedan, and summer; during which the inhabitants established several centuries ago in find it necessary to pass a considerable Mesopotamia by a sheik of the name part of the day in their cellars, and to sleep of Yezid. The account of the Pa- often spoken of the Sam-yeli, a burning
at night on their roofs. Travellers have chalik, and the history of the Wa. southwest wind, which brings with it a habees, are the parts of the book sulphureous smell, and prevails at Bagdad, which are most deserving of atten as well as throughout Mesopotamia, from tion, being written with considerable the beginning of July to the middle of knowledge of the subject, though in August. It is not, however, quite so fatal a. loose and ill digested manner.
as it has been reported to be by those tra
vellers who assert that it suffocates all who The author's name is not mention
are exposed to it on elevated ground; since ed, but he is described as having its effects may be avoided by falling prosJong resided in those countries, and trate, or by wrapping up the face very as having composed these tracts for tightly with a cloak. It is preceded by the purpose of their being read to a
squalls, and by a hot whirlwind obscuring
the horizon. Its pestilential nature proba. literary society of which he is a member
bly arises from passing over the sulphu.
rious and bituminous grounds near the Amid all the writer's professions Euphrates and the Tigris. for the advancement of literature,
** The inhabitants of Bagdad, so far from however, it is amusing to observe being abject slaves, are active, enterpris. that commercial arrangements are ing, and jealous of control. The better the real object of his labours. He is ranks are civil, well informed, and obli. much enraged with our envoy, sir ging to strangers. Luxury is confined to the Harford Jones, who, he pretends, pacha and the great families. The dress
is similar to that which prevails in the rest has rendered himself not less odious of Turkey. Many Persians reside here, to the government of Bagdad than who carry on the traffick of the place and to the Europeans settled there. After are protected by the government, and who having enlarged on the commercial are in general intelligent and respectable advantages of the situation of Bag, people - Unfortunately, neither libraries dad, he adds, with some naïveté, "I but we meet with a few seminaries inhabit.
nor publick schools are to be found here: will just remark that it would be ed by dervices, and two or three mauso. proper to establish in that city a leums, magnificently decorated, in which French factory, or at least to obtain their sheiks and prophets are interred, and a firman from the porte, to allot to a kind of asylum is afforded to beggars. bis imperial majesty's consul a house A number of small chapels also are erect. suitable to his rank; in the same
ed, to which the people resort to perform
their ablutions, at the accustomed hours of way in which it was granted to the prayer. The publick markets are well English resident, on the application stocked; provisions and fruit being brought
thither from all quarters, and sold at mo.
afterwards twist and hold it very tight. derate prices.
After this preparation, they strip them. " The pachas of Bagdad have been selves naked, form a package of their considered at all times as the most power. clothes, and, tying it on their shoulders, ful in the Ottoman dominions, and are lay themselves flat on the goat skin; on supposed to possess a right to the title of which they float very much at their ease, caliph from inhabiting the capital in which paddling with their hands and feet, and the ancient Arabian pontiffs resided. smoking their pipe all the time. Not only Placed at the extremity of Turkey, they men, but women and girls, adopt this me. exercise an authority which is almost thod of crossing the river, and make the dependent of the porte; and great deli- air re-echo with their songs while they cacy is observed towards them on the part are passing: of the Ottoman court, that they may not " After the junction of the Tigris and be tempted to revolt. They assume to the Euphrates at the beautifully situated themselves, whenever they please, the town of Korna, their waters roll on for right of declining to send their forces to several miles without mixing. Those of cooperate with those of the grand seignor; the Euphrate clear, in consequence and no objection is made to the reasons of its tranquil current; while those of the which they allege, provided that they be Tigris are turbid from its rapidity. Not accompanied by a sum of money. During far from Hilla, or Hela, in a northerly dimore than a century, all the pachas of rection, and towards the Euphrates, are Bagdad have been originally Georgian to be seen the relicks of the once mighty slaves, raised by intrigue and accident Babylon. They are interesting only from from that humble station to the hazardous the recollections which they excite, and post of vizir. The forces of the govern- have not beauty in themselves like the rement of Bagdad may be increased in a mains of Palmyra, Balbec, or Persepolis, time of urgency to 30,000 men, infantry among which we meet at every step with and cavalry; and this number would be traces of magnificent architecture. The still greater if several Arab tribes had not remains of Babylon consist in a shapeless withdrawn themselves to join the Waha mass of ruins, and are more calculated to bees, while others have set up the standard inspire melancholy than admiration. Like of independence. The Curds, of whom a all cities that have been built of brick, it great proportion have revolted, are the has no striking monument left standing. best horsemen; their arms consist of a T'he Arabs make a trade of digging the pistol, a lance, a sabre, and sometimes a ground for the purpose of finding medals carabine. The Arabs have only a lance: of bronze, silver, and sometimes of gold; as but, being robust and intrepid, they make well as vases, metal images, and utensils: a dexterous use of it. The Bagdad infantry even the bricks they carry off by water are armed with a musket and sabre, and a for the purpose of sale. These bricks are small part of them are disciplined on the all of a square form, five inches thick, European plan. The revenue is between and bearing on one of their sides a hiero. seven and eight millions of piastres, and glyphick inscription, the characters of would be more, were it not for the decline which are still very plain. The ruins of of the trade of Bussorah. The population Nineveh are on the Tigris, opposite to of Bussorab is now reduced to 50,000, a the city of Mosul, about three hundred diminution which is caused by the deso miles above Bagdad. Mosul appears to lation that has been spread around by the have been built out of these ruins. The Wahabees, and by the insalubrity which remains of the ancient Nisibis consist, in bas arisen from the neglect of the neigh- like manner, of mere ruins, and are worth bourhood of the city.
visiting chiefly for the beauty of the situa“The banks of both the Euphrates and
tion." the Tigris are infested with robbers, who
The account of the origin and are accustomed to swim aboard of the boats on the water, and to carry off what. progress of the Wahabees is given ever they can seize. Travellers have often in the same crude and ill-arranged been surprised at the length of the dis- method as that of Bagdad. In con. tances which the Arabs will pass, floating sequence of the „Wahabees having on the water. They accomplish these voy been known in Europe only of late ages by means of a goat skin, of which they sow very compactly the different years, the publick in general are not openings, with the exception of the skin
aware that the origin of this sect of one of the legs, which they use as a
took place so far back as the middle pipe to blow up the rest of the skin, and of the last century. Their tenets
differ from the Mohammedan, not possession of the whole property. in respect of their idea of the Su- In case of voluntary submission, a preme Being or of the sacred vo Wahabee governour is put over the lume, the Koran, which they believe subjugated tribe, and a tenth of the to have been written in heaven by property exacted, as well as a tenth the hand of angels: but in regard of the male population levied for the to the power and character of Mo- military service. By these means, hammed, whom they consider to the Wahabee leaders have found '? have been a mere human being, the themselves in possession of large messenger indeed of God on earth, treasures, and at the head of formi. } but not worthy to have his name dable armies. Animated by religious joined with that of the Deity in the enthusiasm, these fanaticks rush for. adorations of men. The Wahabees wards to danger with incredible are therefore not so much the pro- courage, and attack their enemies in pagators of a new faith, as the re the firm belief that, by dying in the formers of the Mohammedan reli- field, they will receive the crown of gion. Like others of this sect they martyrdom. Were they possessed of are circumcised; and they observe the advantages of discipline, and similar forms of prayer, the same commanded by able leaders, they ablutions, the same abstinences, the might become the conquerors of same yearly fast (that of Ramadan) Asia. and the same solemnities. Their In the preface to this book, a hope mosques, however, are devoid of is expressed that the publick will ornament; and the name of Moham- extend encouragement to the author, med is not mentioned in their reli. and induce him to undertake more gious exercises. They reject in the laborious researches. With such same manner the divine mission of encouragement, however, we can Jesus Christ. They imitate the early scarcely venture to flatter him, till Mohammedans most effectually in he has learned to condense his mátthe vigour with which they spread ter into a smaller compass, and has their doctrine by force of arms; and accustomed himself to a clearer arthey have been accustomed to pre rangement. The account of the sent it to the neighbouring tribes at Yezidees is short, and is not the prothe point of the sword, calling on duction of the same author, but of a them in decisive language to a be- missionary named Garzoni; from lieve or die.” When they encounter whom the writer of the preceding resistance, their practice has been to tracts might have taken some hints sacrifice the males and spare the on the score of composition. females, but to confiscate and take
FROM THE QUARTERLY REVIEW. The Battles of Talavera. A Poem. 8vo. pp. 40. Dublin, London, Edinburgh. 1810.
THERE is no point in which our ry, than the pens of contemporary age differs more from those which bards. St. James's had then its odes, preceded it, than in the apparent and Grub-street poured forth its apathy of our poets and rhymers to ballads upon every fresh theme of the events which are passing over nacional exultation. So of these them. From the days of Marlbo- productions, being fortunately wedrough to those of Wolfe and Hawke, ded to popular tunes, have warped the tower and park guns were not themselves so closely with our chamore certain proclaimers of a visto racter, that, to love liberty and roas
Beef, is not more natural to an En- quest over the Mahrattas: beginning glishman, than to beat tune to
“ Sbout Britain for the battle of Assay, * Steady boys, Steady," and, “ Rule
For that was a day Britannia.” Our modern authors
When we stood in our array, are of a different cast;
Like the lion turned to bay, them roam back to distant and dark And the battle-word was conquer or die ! ages; others wander to remote countries, instead of seeking a theme in We are now happy to find, that the exploits of a Nelson, an Aber. another bard has advanced with a cromby, or Wellesley; others contribution to adorn the most reamuse themselves with luscious son cent and most glorious wreath won nets to Bessies and Jessies; and all by the same gallant general. The seem so little to regard the crisis promptitude as well as the patriotism in which we
are placed, that we of the tribute might claim indulcannot help thinking they would gence as well as praise: but it is keep fiddling their allegros and ada. with pleasure we observe, that algios, even if London were on fire, though this volunteer has rushed or Buonaparte landed at Dover. forward without waiting to arm him
We are old-fashioned men, and self in that panoply which is often, are perhaps inclined to see, in the after all, found too slight to repel loss and decay of ancient customs, the assaults of modern - criticism, more than can reasonably be traced neither his adventurous courage nor from them: to regard, in short, that the goodness of his cause, is his sole as a mark of apathy and indifference or his principal merit. to national safety and glory, which The battle of Talavera is written may only arise from a change in the in that irregular, Pindarick measure manner of expressing popular feel- first applied to serious composition ing. Be that as it may, we think that by Mr. Walter Scott, and it is doing the sullen silence observed by our no injustice to the ingenious author present race of poets, upon all to say, that in many passages, we themes of immediate national con were, from the similarity of the stanza Gern, argues little confidence in and of the subject, involuntarily retheir own powers, small trust in the minded of the battle of Flodden, in liberal indulgence of the publick to the sixth book of Marmion. The extemporaneous compositions, and feeling, however, went no farther above all, a want of that warm in- than the perception of that kindred terest in such themes as might resemblance between those of the well render them indifferent to both same family which is usually most considerations. Lord Wellington, striking at first sight, and becomes more fortunate than any contempo- less remarkable, and at length invirary English general, whether we sible, as we increase in intiinacy with regard the success or the scale of those in whom it exists. In one rehis achievements, has been also spect, the choice of the measure is unusually distinguished by poetical more judicious on the part of the commemoration; and as his exploits nameless bard, than on that of Mr. form an exception to the train of Scott. The latter had a long narraevil fortune which has generally at- tive to compose, and was necessarily tended our foreign expeditions, the forced upon passages in which the hearts of those capable of celebra- looseness and irregularity, of his ting them, seem to have been pecu- versification has an extravagant and liarly awakened and warmed at the slovenly appearance. It is where the recital. Probably, many of our read- tone of passion is low, that the ers have seen the superb Indian reader demands a new interest from war-song, which celebrated his con- regularity of versification, and beauty