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For that part of ber Irfend, oft call'd aptly the and many thousand casual visitors. The meetings better,
and deliberations of congress were held under the Let the sketch of its failings lie hid in the shade: shade of an orange and lemon grove, between God knows how he struggled to throw off their sunrise and noon; while all those who were de. fetier,
sirous of hearing the debates, or witnessing the And God will have mercy where mercy is pray'd. proceedings, occupied the surrounding space thickly Nor blazon his virtues, -at best, ah! so slender!
shaded with olive trees. They call more for pardon than merit a boast :
The first care of the Congress thus assembled, was Let her view bim iu habits that best may back
to revise and correct such articles in the Consu
tution framed at Epidaurus sixteen months before, render Those glimpses of life that endear it the most.
as experience had proved to be susceptible of ame
lioration. Adopting the most liberal institutions of And has she not seen him, with lovers surrounded, Europe for their models, there was not a single Receiving and giving the family kiss?
clause added or retrenched, without a precedent Observ'd the affection at which the heart bounded, being previously established, either in the prachce
By sincerity render'd the worlu's truest bliss ? of the British Constitution or that of the United At his side a kind wife, of near forty years Meeting,
States. Having decided that the seat of governGood lamour'dly preaching her turnips for health,
ment should be fixed at Tripolizza, previous to its While he smild, and maintaiu'd thit good beef
final establishment at Athens, the last act of Conwas good eating,
gress was an addiess tu the people, in which the And muuttoo still better, when be got it by proceedings were detailed.
object of assembling and a succinci notice of the stealth ?
The result of each day's deliberation was watched Not so learned was he as enamour'd of learning,
with the inost intense anxiety by all classes, repreAnd much be delighted to form the young spirit;
senting the whole as a scene of the greatest enihuTo point out the truihs which are worthy disceruing,
siasm and unanimity, with the exception of one And show that the hcart gives the head ils best single point-the propriety of distributing a portion merit.
of the national domains among the chiefs and sol
diery. Aware that more than nineteen twentieths But now, thou staiu'd Leaf! see thy limit is of the territory freed from the tyrant, had belonged rounded!
to Turkish proprietors, it was extremely natural Go, bid they dear mistress, in fudging his style, for those whose lives had been passed in the labours To think of those days when the wld Man's heart of agriculture as slaves, to feel anxious about the
bounded To receive as his daughter's the cheer of her smile.
possession of a spot of ground, however small,
which they could call their own; and there was Mr. D. having long resided in Jamaica,
every disposition on the part of government and
congress to accede to their wishes. is qualified by local knowledge to execute As to the excesses attribuied to the Greek solthe following happy piece :
diery, it would appear that the number of able and
eloquent writers who have advocated the cause of The Bonja Song.
Greece, have brought forward such facts and are What are the joys of white inan bere?
gumenis as must satisfy every impartial observer, What are his pleasures ? say;
that these excesses, like every other subject calcuMe want no joys, po ilis me fear,
lated to prejudice the cause, have been most But on my Bonja play.
wantonly exaggerated. In coinmon with all the Me sing all day, me sleep all oight,
friends of the Greek cause, I lament, most deeply Me hab no care, my beart is light;
Jamnent, the excesses which marked the early Me tink not what to-Diorrow bring,
stages of the contest; but I would entreat those who Me happy, so ine sing.
judge them, not to pronounce before they become
thoroughly acquainted with the innumerable provo. But white man's joys are not like mine, cations which, in war at least, would fully justify Dho' he look smart and gay:
still greater excesses, without relerring to those He proud, he jealous, baughiy, fine,
centuries of galling and intolerable oppression Wbile I my Bouja play.
which the Greek people had to avenge. Would it He sleep all day, he wake all pight,
be possible for the most abie pen, or eloquent He full of care, his heart no light,
tongue, to describe the scenes which followed the He great deal waut, he little get,
executions of the capital, at Adrianople, Salonica, He sorry, so he fret.
Cassandra, Mount 'Athos, Sinyrna, Scala Novo, Me eavy not dhe white man dhen,
Aivali, Rhodes, Cyprus, Candia, and Scio! Had the Me poor, but me is gay:
cries reached our country, of infants torn from their Me glad at heart, me happy when
moihers' breasts and tlung into the sea, or dashed Me ou my Bouja play.
against the rocks, as at Scio and various other Me sing all day, me sleep all night,
places--of fathers, husbands, and brothers, bitchMehab no care, iny beart is light;
ered before the eyes of mothers, wives, and sisters, Me tiuk not what to-morrow bring,
who were themselves destined either to share a Me happy, so me sing.
similar fate, or be dragged into that hopelese slavery
in which thousands languish at this moment,-it is The Greek Committee in London have needless to say that every British heart would have published in a small pamphlet the very
melted, and every British hand been stretched out
to succour or to save a perisling coinmunity! wteresting and ably.drawn Report of Mr. The almost miraculous deliverance of the Morea, Blaquiere, on the present state of the
at a time when the most sanguine friends of the
Greek cause in England had nearly given it up as Greek Confederation, and on its claims to
lost, may be justly hailed as a totally new and brilthe support of the Christian World. liant epoch in the contest; for, there is no instance
on record subsequently to the capture of Napoli de * The almost total destruction (says Mr. B.) of Romania, one or the first fruits of the triumphs the Turkish army, which followed its attempt to gained on the Plain of Argos, in which the Greeks invade the Morea in the autumn of 1812, as well as have not completely disproved the accusations of the various important events to which that me- their enemies, by showing every disposition to conmorable campaign gave rise, having induced the
duct the war on principles strictly conformable to Provisional Government to convoke a general the laws of civilized nations, and they have acted congress at Astros; the members of the executive
thus in the midst of incessani provocations on the and deputies had just reached Tripolizza as we ar
part of the Turks, whose excesses ontinue un rived. Although ihe decree of convocation, which
abated to this hour. It is not my intention to bealso pointed out the mode to be pursued in the
come an indiscriminate panegyrist of the Greeks at new elections, toge her with the necessity of only
the expense of truth, or to deny the existence of returning men distinguished for their patriotisin
vices among them--vices which are parily insepaand virtue, merely specified the number of repre- rable from our nature, but much more generally desentatives prescribed by the law of Epidaurus; yet, rived from the peculiar circumstances of their en. such was the eagerness of the people throughout slaved and degraded condition: but I will say, the confederation to contribute to the common from the observation and inquiry of many years, weal, that above three hundred deputies had as
that I am justified in pronouncing them to be an sembled by the beginning of April: ihere was also eminently moral and religious people. ' a large body of troops, nearly all the mihtary chtels, The political code of the contederation, or law of
Epidaurus, as it is more commonly called, esta. Popular Tales and Romanccs of the blished that the system of government should be elective, consisting of representatives chosen by
Northern Nations havo appeared in three the people, and an executive of five meinbers se. lected from the legislative body. There are, besides, cimens of vignettes, in wood. They are
very elegant volumes, with some fine spee ministers of finance, war, interior, public instruction, and police, named by the executive for carry. curious, and often interesting, but rather ing its decrees ir to effect; also a secretary general, too gloomy and too superstitions to be recharged with the manageinent of foreign relations: this last office is now held by Prince Mavrocordato,
commended to general reading. The ig. the late president. The duties and powers allotted norant population of every district in to each department of the state were prescribed by Europe night sopply their local tales of collected for ihis year is necessarily very limited, this kind. The fire-sides of farm-houses, and chiefly derived from farming out the crops on the national domains of which only a small portion Scotland, or Ireland, would soon fill three
cottages, and public-lonses, in Wales, were sown. The crops on the plain of Gastouni, in the Morea, one of the finest in the world, and which such volumes as the present, if they were was even this year worth five millions of francs, worthy of being preserved. In his preto Patras. That of Argus, equally rich, though of face, the editor introduces the following much less extent, has been in fallow ever since the obiervations." The legends of these voinvasion of last year: there is, however, little doubt of its being all turned to account in the coming
lumes have been gathered from varion The produce of Candia, in oil alone, sources, and, of course, will be found to amounts on an average to 400,001 barrels per an- bave characters as variocs; the elegant num ; and each of them brings an average price and playful Musäos has nothing at all in of eight Spanish dollars in the markets of France and Italy.
common with the dark, wild fancy of La Although nearly the whole male population of the Morea capable of carrying arms is provided with
Notie Fonqué; just as little similarity is pistols and attagans, the number which can take the there between Veit Weber and the author field is comparatively limited, depending almost of the Freischutz; and, though supernaentirely on the means possessed by the leaders, tural agency forms the basis of all, the mure followers than he could provide for out of his superstructures vary with the varying personal resources and the scanty and precarious characters of the anthors."—“ It must, aid of governinent. These droops are also completed however, be allowed that, with the Ger. with inuskets, and are led by several chiefs or capitani. The wants and privations of the Greek
mans, fancy has had too much sway, for army are of a nature the most discouraing. There is not more than a third of the number, thus em.
it has seldom been under the guidance of ployed in saving a whole people fin exterinina. sound taste, and the consequence is, that liun, supplied with sufficieni clothing to shelter
the niultitude of their original fictions is them from the inclemencies of a mountain warfare; that they víten march forty miles a day, almost in- disgraced by the most barbarons absurvariably sleep in the open air, and frequently pass dities. The same may, in some measure, two or three days without any other food than the herbs of the field. Though the number of horses
be said of their modern romance; but at taken from the Turks, and now in the Morea, is the same time the reader cannot fail to su thicient to mount from five to eight thousand ca
be delighted with the variety and richness vairy, it will be impossible for the goveroment to avail itself of this species of force until provided of its inventions, diablerie with the Ger. with funds. The Greek army reccives no pay what. mans being as inexhaustible as the fairyisin ever. The general mode adopted by the chiefs, is to advance a small sum to each soldier previous to
of the Eastern world. Sometimes it is entering the field: with this he provides himself presented to us under its most terrific with bread, tobacco, and whatever other necessaries he may require, as far as the supply will go;
fornis; at others it appears, as in Masaus, for it very seldoni exceeds two Spanish doilars.
under a light veil of irony, in a tone balf The naval etiurts of the confederation, like thosc jest, half earnest, and that is, indeed, its of the army, have been principally, if not altogether, most beautiful form. Few tales are more lew individuals at Hydra, Spezia, Ipsara, and pleasing than the “Spectre Barber," one Sainus. There have not been less than a hundred ships and vessels of various sizes employed at the
of the happiest illustrations of this class expense of about thirty ship-owners, ever since the
of writing, where a playful fancy sports coinmence nent of the struggle ; and the number with a fiction, that was at no distant time has, on more than one occasion, extended to one hundred and eighiy. The Greek sejmen, who
the delight and terror of the peasant's amount to about 2,000 of the most expert in Europe, fireside. La Motte Fouqué, on ihe conreceive no regular pas : all the require for their trary, is altogether a magician of darkservices, is the means of subsistence for their families. It is with such ineans as I have thus shortly
ness, who lores to treat the wild and inpointed out, thist above a hundred thousand of the possible as serious matters, but who alinfidels, whose path was marked with carnage and devastation during the first two years of the con.
ways endeavours to draw from them sone kest, have been destroyed; and the whole of the moral conclusions. Veit Weber, another Morea, Livadia, Negropont, a great portion of great name of roinance, builds his tales Romelia in Epirus, together with the islands of Candia, Milo, Naxia, Tino, Myconus, Skyro, Samos,
on the dark times of chivalry, when the Andro, Zea, Patmus, Serpho, Hydra, pezzia, and kniglats plundered the people with the lusara, have been conquered;-there being only a
sword, and the monks plundered the few isolated points in the enemy's po: session, viz. Acro, Corinth, Patras, Modun, Coror, and Carysto, knights with the Bible. Ottmar and on the continent; -and Canea and Retymu, in Büsching are the antiquarians of romance, Candia; and all of these places are eiher in a state
wlio have collected the scattered traditions of siege, or closely block.ded. The number of Turks shut up within the walls, and who cannot of the peasantry, and retailed them to the leave the gates without falling into the hands of the
world with little deviation from their oriGreeks, dues not exceed ten thousand men, iwo. thirds of whom forfa tie garrison of Parras: Una givals. Madame Naubert is more akin ia provided with vattering and field trains, the chief her genins to Musälls, though a spirit of means possessed by the Greek forces for reducing the above points, are confined to a rigorous system
an interior order; hier materials are geat blockade, anti occasional assaults.*
perally of the light and playful kind; or,
if not, she makes them so by the manner never did the marble legends of the titled in which she works them up. Laun is the dead record a worthier name than that ļistorian of ghost-stories, which have re- with which virtue consecrates the indisally occurred, but which have subse. tinguished clay of the departed Combe.” quently been found capable of rational These letters are forty-four in number, explanation ; a translation of three or four written in the course of about two years, of his tales has lately been published by from December 1806, to February 1809; Ackermann. The work is well executed, and their contents remind us of the and affords much wholesome food for the “ Letters to Eliza.” There is this difover-credulous. Grimm is the collector ference, however, that in Sterne's case of “ Nursery Tales," and as such is well " half the convex world” intruded be. known to the Euglish reader. Lothar has tween the correspondents; while in these, a volume on the plan of Ottmar's, the the parties seem never to have been for most essential difference being its in- two successive days asunder. They are feriority. On the same principle are two warm, affectionate, and filled with assig. volumes of “ Popular Tales,” published at nations; but all apparent taint is reEisenach, withont the author's name, but moved by the writer's perpetual allusions many of them are exceedingly entertain. to his declining health and lengthened ing. Lebrecht and Tieck are the authors years, and by a strain of moral reflection of many beautiful legends, but they have which runs through the whole. At what generally trusted to their own fancy in. period of life the amatory affections of a stead of building themselves on antient mau become purely platonic, we are still traditions. Backzo's legends are some- too yonng to determine. Mr. Combe thing in the manner of La Motte Fouqué, was a married man of sixty-seven, and though neither so fanciful nor so original. Marianne (Miss B-), had just emerged But to detail all the volumes of German from her teens when the platonism began; legend and roinance, would be to give a and it appears that some of her relatives bookseller's catalogue; for, not only has supposed “ that he had acquired a greater Moravia, Silesia, Thuringia, and Austria, influence over her than it became him to each its distinct legends, but every quarter possess.” Voder such circumstances there of the Harz Mountains, east, west, north, are females (we hope not a few) who and south, has its own exclusive terrors ;
would have hesitated before publishing and, when to these are added the fictions these reiterated pledges of eternal friend. of later writery, the catalogue swells be- ship; but we will not judge harshly: they yond all reasonable limit.
promise profit, and poverty is a bitter In our Magazine for July last, we draught. There is a sillioneite portrait of noticed the death, and gave a sketch of Mr. C. fronting the title, and a few pothe life, of WILLIAM COMBE, esq. the
ctical pieces at the close of the volume,
Which round your youthful beauties flow?
And will you nurse the blowing rose The book is preceded by a well-written Amid the chill December snow? Advertisement, containing some eulogistic Say, will you smooth my wrinkled brow memorials of the life of Mr. Combe, and With fond affection's wiuging grace? more particularly of its close, which was
And bid the cheerful smile to glow
Upon my pale and faded fee?
Oh, wliile 1 tell of times long past,
And will you shon the gay repast,
To hear me sing my ev'ning song? letters are addressed, ministered to his
And, when I've past life's feverish hours,
And long have bent to Fate's decree, comfort, and cheered his heart by her un- From Pleasure's dome, or Love's gay bow'rs, wearied attentions; which never failed to Say, will you cast a thought on me? restore him to complacency, if at any time
And does a smile the promise give? a transient gloom chanced to gather round
Oh, take then to thy friendly breast,
And in thy bosom let it live,
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