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peasant lips on village green-so that he retains the / and is stated to have been the unassisted work of a melody ere it is lost to him for ever. Of the right craft monk of the order of Jesus. was Allan Cunningham, and it is a worthy tribute to There was no necessity or wish to stay longer at the memory of so excellent and amiable a father, that Namur, especially as Liege was to be attained on the his son has in this shape brought together all that morrow; so, packing the baggage into the vigilante, he could collect of remains so valuable.

which was to follow with the lady of the penknife and Before quitting this very interesting volume, let her friend, I set out with a dapper little Frenchman to us recommend the patient consideration of the modesty walk part of the road by the Meuse. It was a fine which so long a time shrouded its author from public afternoon, and the sun, pouring down his warmest rays, observation, to the aspirant for worldly honours- lit the whole route with a genial influence. My comworldly fame. It is a merit not very common in these panion was in raptures, everything was couleur de rose, high-pressure, progressive times. For the rest, very the air was so light and so bright, the river so cool, so dull must that heart be, whose throbbings are not deliciously captivating, the scenery so majestic, that in quickened by the perusal of many of these sweet songs. his phrases I began to think hyperbole was thoroughly

exhausted. Nothing could or would arrest his exclamations, which were so constantly on the increase, that on arriving at a turn of the road, where the river was

making an angle, as if to show how sportive Nature RAMBLES IN BELGIUM.

will be, a fresh series broke out with redoubled vigour, No. VI.-NAYUR & Huy.

to such an extent, indeed, that I feared nothing but the

waters of the Mouse could cool him. However, on we ramFrom the moment I set foot at Ostend, on Flemish bled till night and the vigilante overtook us at the door soil, to the time of my departure from Waterloo, I had of a small hostelrie, where I was rash enough to taste een nothing but a tlat, level, though fertile, country. a most horrible liqueur, called Absinthe, the rememthe scenery on the road to Namur, however, improves brance of which clings to my palate yet, and which“ no ut every step. The banks of the Meuse are beautiful. rhubarb, senna, or purgative draught,” can exceed in After passing Sombreffe and Temploux, the road winds bitterness. I must be a faithful chronicler, and as such devious way through a most luxuriant valley, on one confess that it was highly relished by all my fellowside of which may be seen the lovely river gliding on, travellers. It was late when we entered Huy, and rest skirting banks and rocks covered with vegetation in its was very needful after our long walk. Morning was over riehest garb; and every now and then adorned with a the Meuse before I could lose myself, an effect of restpicturesque chuteau. There was one point in particular lessness, tired as I was, I could not help attributing to which reminded me of my old favourite ride from Bake the execrable Absinthe. Fell to Matlock,—the same masses of ivy-covered rock, Huy is, like Namur, strongly fortified; its situation on the same sort of trees growing in every occasional crevice, the river is most romantic. The fortress is placed on a and the river below like a glittering snake, all bright in rock, and commands the river on either side. Every the glowing sunshine. There is a hill before Nainur can one of the little party wished to see the works, and perbe entered, which is very steep, and adds to the effect mission having been accorded, we paced through them. of the striking situation of the old town. There is a The rock itself is made to assist in forming places for drawbridge and several very tortuous alleys, all which cannon, &c., where it has been excavated with great had to be crossed and traversed before I could reach the It is due to the authorities to say that they were Hotel de Harscamp. I was astonished to see the num- very obliging and courteous, sparing no pains to show ber of cutlers' shops in one of the strange irregular and explain every thing that attracted our notice. A streets, forgetting for the moment that I was in the very richly carved gateway abuts on the cathedral, which Belgian Sheffield. If the knives that lay before us is said to have been founded by Peter the Hermit. A at the Hotel, and with which we attempted to cut our hasty glance at the interior was sufficient to see that it meat, when summoned to the early table-d'-hôte, were was of the Gothic order, and of very elegant design. an example of the manufactory of steel, I may safely It was necessary to cross a bridge on our retreat from say my Yorkshire acquaintance need be under no sort Huy, and to pursue the road to Liege on the left bank of of apprehension of being cut out. A laly who was de- the river. We had proceeded a short distance further, termined to test the merits of some articles temptingly when the first vineyard that I had seen in Belgium predisplayed in a large though low shop, was doomed to sented itself. Certainly it had a pretty look; the discover that she had made a bad bargain, for, out of clusters of purple grapes twined, as it were, round three penknives, two were broken at the first trial. The with the green leaves and graceful tendrils; one seemed chagrin of the fair purchaser appeared to be a source of as it were insensibly reminded of Italy, and those much merriment to come'mustachiod and whiskered | beauteous representations of the old masters, where gentleman to whom she was relating her mishap, and they so frequently introduce a vineyard in the backthe grapes were swallowed between a grin and a laugh ground of their choicest subjects. I must in justice to as he listened to the story of the fractured blades. As dear Old England give the preference, beautiful as soon as I could leave the table departed on a tour some of the vineyards are, to the hop-gardens of Kent. round the place. The church, or cathedral, as it is | The poles are higher, and group themselves into more properly called, is of very little interest. There is more fantastic forms when swayed or tossed by the wan. the tomb of the gallant Don John of Austria, who died ton winds. The aroma of the bop, too, is so delicious, near Namur, from the effects of poison, administered to and there is not that tendency to fall utterly prostrate him by the emissaries of his brother, Philip II. of Spain. in the bines, that so often militates to the prejudice of An old tradition has asserted, that the reason of the grape-vine. The grapes we tasted at a house near this very unbrotherly act was the belief of Philip, that Huy were of pleasant flavour, not too sweet, and small, Elizabeth of England would bestow her hand on the both singly and in bunches. Some wine made from the conquering hero of so many valorous days. However same vines at the last year's vintage was most unpatrue it may be that Philip was influenced by such a mo- latable, and afforded a bad specimen of the general tive for his brothers assassination, there do not exist quality, of which we were told it was a fair average. any authentic data for supposing our English monarch There are some noble views, comprising rock, river, crer contemplated such an alliance. The church of St. trees, winding roads, luxuriant pastures, retired chåLoup is one mass of decorations, gildings, arabesques, teaux, to be seen between Huy and Liege. As this latter quaint confessionals, coloured marbles, and carvings. place is neared, however, the face of the country asComing from the daylight it had a handsome appear- sumes a more cultivated aspect, and the rocks and forestalice. The ceiling is elaborately chased in white stone, crowned heights recede into a beautiful fertile valley.




than to go upon the admonition of the morning bells to the church prayers at six of the clock. I was there

the first of any in the congregation, and had the opIn Original Poetry, the Name, real or assumed, of the Author, is portunity, however I made use of it, to look back on a

printed in Small Capitals under the title ; in Selections, it is my life, and contemplate the blessing and advantar of printed in Italics at the end.

such stated early hours for offering ourselves to our Creator, and prepossess ourselves with the lore e? him, and the hopes we have from him against the spares

of business and pleasure in the ensuing day. ... Mere VILLAGE LYRICS.

this morning solemnity as much in vogue, even as it is No, I. - THE SANCTUARY,

now, at more advanced hours of the day, it would necessarily have so good an effect upon us, as to make us more disengaged and cheerful in conversation, and

less artful and insincere in business. The world STILL clings the ivy to the wall; Still the elm tree's shadows fall,

would be quite another place than it is now the rest Over grave and tomb:

the day, and every face would have an alacrity in it Still flows the gentle river on,

which can be borrowed from no other reflections tu: With a sweet murmur of its own

those which give us the assured protection of Omnipe Music in the gloom.

tence.- Addison.
And still, from yonder moss-grown tower,
The bell is heard at Sabbath hour,

Calling men to pray.
Many a heart, that now lies cold,

That a whole race should take so much trouble, il-
Underneath the darksome mould,

flicting and undergoing so much pain, to deface an? Bent its thoughts this way.

damage the body, is strange. It is the most univers

and curious kind of mutilation practised in any country, Ah! the days of our childhood's spring,

and shows how dangerous it is to permit fashius, When the mind was a gallant thing,

leagued with false notions of beauty, to tamper wito Strong to do and dare :

the wholesome operations of nature. There is litte As life's summer creepeth slowly, Losing sense of symbols holy,

doubt that the practice began at first in a small way How it droops to care !

and with slight results, in a desire of doing what they

might, by artificial contrivances, to help in the forma Ever to the world grown fonder,

tion of a small well-arched, female foot, and that is How we droop, and seldom ponder

crept on with increasing force, though by scarcely pe? On our early time:

ceptible movements, till it reached its present universal When the sound of the village bell

extent, and power of at once destroying all the best Subdued old griefs, like magic spell From some eastern clime;

of the foot, and all but annihilating its functions. We

the foot is stunted and crippled the leg wastes, loses its Bringing thoughts of peace and heaven,

symmetrical roundness and waving outline, and, though With no measure of earth's leaven;

other parts of the body are still in a state of vigoroc Pointing, with the spire,

growth, shrinks and withers like a palsied limb. li To that highest source of sweetness,

need scarcely be added that such a condition of the Where perfection, and completeness,

lower extremities must interfere materially with the Are the soul's desire. power of locomotion. Walking is difficult and pain's

. Yet, sometime in the busy crowd,

the gait being uncertain and waddling : the maimed When cares and woes the spirits shroud,

object totters, is in continual danger of falling, and, Bells upon the wind

beyond short distances in girlhood, gladly avails hersen Will tremble o'er the wearied brain,

of the help of a stick. Yet all this is done and sufferi And bring in gentle calm again

sacrificing at once beauty and usefulness, in the absurd The old Church left behind,

ambition of completing Nature's operations, and sur passing the scheme of creative wisdom. - Wilson's Medical Notes on China.




N.B.-A Stamped Edition of this Periodical can be foreak! free of postage on application to the Publisher, for the ocort

nience of parties residing at a distance, 28. 6d. per quarter. “I have here made only a nosegay of culled flowers, and have brought nothing of my own, but the string that ties

CONTENTS. them."-Montaigne.

Page How common it is to hear people talk about con

Old Sally- a well-known

The Exhibition of the Royal

character, (with Illustra. science, and yet how few there are who consider what it

tion by Weigall)....

97 Academy....... is; for conscience is an agreement or coincidence of the Account of the Great Flood

at Dresden in 1845.....

The Great King's Daughter 18 judgment of man with the judgment of God. When conscience condemns what God approves, or approves

Some Account of Dr. Rad- Allan Cunningham's Poems !! cliffe.....

100 what God condemns, it is no longer conscience, but de- Sketch of the Traditions of

Rambles in Belgium, No. ceit and delusion. The conscience of the Quaker assures Germany

102 VI.-Namur and Huyu.. 1!! him that it is needless to be baptized, and the con

Frank Fairlegh; or, Old

New science of the Socinian scruples the worship of the

Companions in

Scenes, Chap. 1.-The Village Lyrics, No. I... I!! Church of England as idolatry ; but there is no more Struggle in Chesterton

Meadow .....

Miscellaneous reason in the one or the other than in that conscience of the Musselmans which sends them two thousand miles on a pilgrimage to the tomb of their false prophet.-Jones of Nayland.

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St. Mary. Islington, at his Printing Omice, Nos. 7 and Bread Sprei The other morning I happened to rise earlier than in the Farish of St Nicholas Olave, in the City of London, and persheed

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ACCOUNT OF THE GREAT FLOOD AT thresholds, pieces of furniture, garden-fences, railirs DRESDEN, IN THE YEAR 1843.

tc., betokening the heavy accidents which must har

befallen the villages and towns higher up the riten The night from Saturday to Sunday was stormy and Giancing across the vast expanse of water to the offer cold; but, notwithstanding this latter favourable cir- site side, the eye could partly discern the inroads itt cumstance, the water had risen up to eight ellen, the Hood had made into Neustadt and the more easters height of the famous inundation of 1799, and still con- suburbs. All the chief streets of those parts opening tinued rising. With terror the people watched the the river, together with a number of small lanes tez

ning into them, were extensively fiooded, those at t register, and saw inch after inch continually gained by eastern extremity chiefly by the back-water of a brous the raging waves. When, on the morning of this never coming there into the right bank of the Elle. Tt to-be-forgotten sabbath, I went to the door of my house, / most imposing view of the whole scene was gainal be I was dismayed at the progress the water had made persons standing in the garden of the Japanese pas during the night, and hastily ran back to order all those From this height they could clearly see the imnieks preparations which I have already named. When this danger which threatened the bridge and town. Lxks: was done, I became desirous of getting a survey of the downwards, the whole valley appeared like a wide an. dominion of the flood in other parts of the town, as far extensive lake, out of which only the trees, formin

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avenues of the Gehege, raised their lofty heads: 0 as anxiety respecting my own situation would allow. opposite side, poor Friederichstadt looked out front: In two hours the water had overstepped our threshold, waves, a second Venice. Leading to the last-mento and tanners in their great coats were busy erecting the suburb from Altstadt, is a fine avenue of chest tressel-bridge in our street, to which, from every door, trees, more than a hundred years old. This connez a board led over. llaving thus a mode of egress, I soon

was now nearly cut off for foot-passengers, and Tax directed my steps to the great focus of attraction, the few boats that plied between the insulated spots, em

kept up by an odd medley of conveyances. Benica. bridge, and Brühlische Terrace ; but you cannot form were also several carts, droskies, and other rebele is an idea, from my poor description, in any measure ade- full activity, carrying over heavy loads of people. Dit is quate to the reality of the sight which the river pre much as a matter of necessity, but for the enjoten sented. If you can picture to yourself a quiet, inoffen. and amusement of the younger portion of the people sive, nay, ever-amiable and lovely being, wrought up state of things, which to their elders was a matter of

who, in their thoughtlessness, were delighted with by some extraordinary occurrence to a height of passion, sadness and anxiety. To gratify their eagemess !). 74 bordering on frenzy, then you may have something the tooded way, robust men were seen, with laree box of the impression I wish to convey. On passing through up to the thighs, wading through the water, and beates the Zwinger, at the entrance leading towards the river, in succession not a few of the crowd for a triting I was met by a rush of water, which, gushing out froin At the end of this avenue there is a bridze over de one of the sewers, seemed the fierce messenger to an. Weisseritz leading to Friederichstadt. From this brico nounce the speedy occupation also of this pretty spot. the havoc going on might also be obtained. 1.

whose arches were now nearly filled up, a good tice Arrived at the Terrace, I stood fixed to the earth in awe water here was nearly all back-water, caused by the and admiration, not unmixed with inward shudderingrent of the Elbe driving back the waters of the Wor For now, it might be about noon, the water-mark was ritz. The occupants of a great many old and let already over nine, and very little below the enormous houses in this neighbourhood were busily enraad floods of 1784. Frightful was the rush of the torrent removing their furniture to the top story, or in latina through the arches of the bridge, for the bed of the river their habitations altogether. It was certainly is narrowed at that part by the houses on both sides, a protecting Providence, as well as a proof of the and by the Brühlische Terrace. The water was actually ciency of the precautions adopted by the author higher by an elle on one side of the bridge than on the that in the midst of all these scenes of confcrio other, several of the arches being entirely stopped up : accident occurred, but everything was conducted : it seemed, indeed, but too probable, that, in consequence perfect order and quiet. Charity, hospitality

, e of the enormous weight it had to sustain, the noble Christian kindness were abroad to assist the fields, a structure would at length be swept away. For it was shelter those who were driven from their humes I not the pressure of water alone which threatened de- kindness was even extended to animals : a numb: struction; it was rather the enormous quantities of timber pigs, for instance, were rescued from their fioodi song floating down the river. Large trunks of trees, masts, and carried into an up-stairs room for safets: and beams, either with their thick ends ran against the piers like catapults of old, or, swinging round, came across of the town, I found that a boat had replaced the le

When I returned to my home, after this hasır sati the arches, where, tossed by the fury of the torrent, they in our strcet, the latter having become useless from een were splintered into a thousand fragments. Still, the rising of the water. I also perceived, to mi dice bulwark of bygone centuries nobly withstood these that the water was within two or three inches shocks, and carriages and passengers went over it with threshold. It now appeared, indeed, too probati... the fullest confidence in its solidity and long-tried ex- the water would actually enter our house

, and cellence. In the place of the ice, the stream was now perfectly covered, not only with the larger species of lower than the street, would have been filled ere

through it into the court-yard behind, which, k timber, but with thousands of logs cut short for fire had not the walls of houses on every side preventede wood, together with storts of planks and boards from entrance of the water. It was not until this tbvI". timber-yards. Some of these latter were situated in the that we were convinced of our mistake in suprema lower parts of the town, and within sight of the that we were safe from the attacks of the enem Brühlische Terrace, whence the havoc could be clearly discerned. It was really distressing to see how, one by very little farther rise would now be sufficient to fo*

flow our warm and comfortable apartments. The one, the valuable stores, built up in huge stacks, were lifted up majestically from their places, carried into though we sat down to dinner as usual, neither F.

templation of this event saddened our spirits ! scattered widely over the river. But still more dis- selves to take some refreshment, under the idea ta tressing was it to distinguish. among the floating mate strength might be wanted to bear the coming rials, portions of human habitations — house-doors, Scarcely had we risen from table when, on looking for (1) Conclude from p. 100.

the yard, I saw little bubbles rising in the softer purus

of the ground, and in the chinks of the paths little mist and drizzling rain. The first look out from our pools gathering as from unseen springs. At the same prison was a dreary and distressing one. In our courttime a rushing and splashing noise in one corner indi yard, as well as in the yards belonging to the adjacent cated that the water had found its way through the walls houses, the water had risen to an imposing height, the of the neighbouring houses. Though the enemy was shrubs having vanished, and only a few trees standing close at hand, no one took the precaution of securing a out. The surface of this lake was strewed with floating passage for us over the court-yard, which indeed would materials of every description, and a cold damp atmoafterwards have proved quite useless, as the common sphere rested upon it, giving an unwholesome chilliness mode of setting up tressels was soon defied by the rapid to our encampment. I ran down stairs, to see what rising of the water. At this moment it occurred to me advance the water had made in our habitation, launch. to procure from the wash-house a large tub, by means / ing my boat, namely, my washing-tul), that I might the of which I might, in case of necessity, row myself to better examine the state of the piano, and other furthe opposite side of the yard.

niture. I was grieved to find that, without some The ground now became more and more like a sieve, strenuous effort on our part to remove them, our most through which the water rushed up incessantly. In the valuable articles would soon be irreparably injured. mean time the flood had entered one of the houses by Determined to seek once more for aid, we called across the street-door, and passing through, became a rivulet, the yard to the occupants of the other parts of the build. which poured in a cascade down the stone steps into the ing; but they declared they had no means of getting yard, thus hastening the conversion of the latter into a over to us; and, perhaps, they felt no great wish to do reficeting sheet of water. This change was accomplished so, having, doubtless, abundant cares of their own. I in less than an hour; streams, also, running from every then attempted to cross the yard in my tub, but without eurner and crevice of the opposite houses. The water success. The poles I used to urge my vessel forward having now risen half an elle, I tried my first expedition stuck fast in the mud, and nearly capsized me, so that in the washing-tub, and succeeded, amidst the cheers of I was obliged to return, and try a second appeal from the the spectators, in reaching the opposite house. There windows. Two women answered me that their husbands I found a man to whom the opening, and shutting, and were out, seeking for bread ; and, even if they were at cleaning the house belonged, busily engaged in remov- home, it was scarcely possible they could reach us. ing various articles. I applied to him for assistance in Several vain and impracticable schemes occupied removing my furniture, especially my piano, from the another weary hour, but lo! when bope began to ground floor, to an upper story. But he said, How fail us, unexpectedly help appeared. A young and Can we manage, both of us, to cross the yard in your courageous friend, who had just heard of our situation, Fashing-tub? and when there, how shall I return? had contrived to make his way to the house opposite Besides,” he added, “ you have nothing to fear ; ours, where, seeing our insulated position, and hearing water will not rise so bigh as to enter your house." our lamentations, he set to work at once making a raft This hope I no longer could or would cherish. There. With a long pole he caught a number of planks as tliey fore, as soon as I had returned from my expedition, my floated by on the water, drew them to the steps of a wife and I set to work in earnest in removing as many staircase on which he stood, nailed them together, and articles as we possibly could in so short a time. It was completed his work by placing a large door upon this all very well while we had to deal with the smaller frame-work. In a few minutes afterwards our hero was articles of furniture; but when we came to the heavier seen bravely skimming the ccean, and was greeted ones, we found ourselves little competent to the task. by the general applause of the people who had watched However, the near approach of danger gave us increas- his operations. Having tested the safety of his raft, ing energy, and we managed to secure many of the more he took on it another friend of ours, and both came to curnbrous pieces also. To our dismay, we found our- our assistance. Being now three, we wero able to selves wholly unable to remove the piano, and the most remove all the rest of the furniture, including the piano, our failing strength would permit us to do, was to though, in order to do this, we had to wade in the water place it upon a strong and heavy table. After the toil up to our knees. Our minds were now more at rest, of four hours, we were ready to bid farewell to the half and a means of communication being opened to us by emptied rooms; and high time it was to do so. An the raft, we were speedily provided with fresh water, bour ago, the flood had made a furious rush down into food, &c., and also received the visits of a number of the cellar, and filled it. Pressing upwards from thence, friends. it now began to ooze through the boards of the floor, During the hour in which we had been occupied and soon formed little pools here and there. This was with the removal of our goods, we fancied there was no the state of things when, with a sigh, we left our com- farther rise in the witer; and soon, to our great delight,

fortable sitting-room; and very soon afterwards, the we found this actually to be the case; not that we dared * rooms were several inches deep in water. Evening now trust our eyes, but soon the glad tidings were running

closed in, followed by a night, to us, the most demolate through the whole town. And truly it was in a time we had ever passed, while, to others, it was one of real of extremity, that the Almighty thus checked the danger, threatening death and destruction. Many eyes progress of the waves, for great things had been going were open, and many hands folded in prayer. We also on while we were occupied by our petty cares.

This we slept very little; the sense of being utterly cut off from learned of the friend who came to our rescue, and who others, whatever might happen, was too painful to per- had been abroad the whole morning. mit of repose. But, if this was our condition, what In front of the royal castle, and round the theatre, must have been the apprehensions of those who lived the waters had gained ground hour by hour. The nearer the river! Tho scene from the bridge that Roman Catholic church, nearly in the centre of this evening was described by an eye-witness as being very spacious place, was now quite surrounded, and its vaults, 2wful. The roaring of the torrent, caused by the waves where the coffins of the royal family are deposited, were breaking against the piers, was frightfully high, and the completely filled. Street after street became extensively spray fell everywhere like hail; while the distorted reflec- flooded, and much damage was done in the shops of tions of the lights on the bridge made the whole only more grocers, bakers, and others, who, thinking themselves wild and distorted. A general fear began to prevail, that secure, had neglected to remove their stores. Notwith

pressure of the still increasing waters would act on standing the precautions of the magistracy, the want of every street, so as to choke and burst the sewers, and bread and provisions began to be felt. His majesty the thus bring on Dresden a similar destruction to that by king, who had already visited the most endangered diswhich the city of Pesth had been visited the year before. tricts, set the example of relieving the poor, by orderFrom this terrible fate we were happily spared. At ing the sum of five hundred dollars to be paid to the length, Monday morning came ; but the sun rose amidst police for distribution, in the form of bread. Of the


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