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worthily paid the first sepulchral honours to the generous man who thus espoused their cause. The entire nation is clad in mourning, and the people and the army, in the train of the senate and magistrates, have solemnized his obsequies; as in modern times, and in another hemisphere, the countrymen of an Adams and a Franklin, celebrated those of the heroes of their independence. Poetry will seize upon so noble a theme. In all enlightened states, they, who dedicate their muse to magnanimous actions, will consecrate their most noble strains to the last deeds and to the memorable end of Lord Byron.

"For ourselves, we know how subject we all are to error and to weakness, in our actions as well as in our thoughts; let us leave to another age, and to other men, the painful task of exposing some faults, and of scrutinizing some deviations in the career of him who has never committed a crime-of him who sinned rather in abstaining from respecting some duties, but who at least never wished to tarnish that liberty, and degrade that social dignity, which all elevated minds entertain for all human-kind. This is what the writers of every age and of every nation are bound to honour with unanimous homage.

"Certain it is that France will not delay to reap this noble harvest. The muse which recorded the misfortunes of Parga,* and the poet of Messeniennes,† will here find a worthy subject for excellence-for the inspiration of new ideas, calculated to elevate the heart of man, and to excite him to great and generous deeds.

"I resided amongst the Greeks at the period when our triumphant eagles took, along the Hellenic coasts, a flight which was the signal for the awakening of a whole people. Then my feeble voice was heard among those which proclaimed to the descendants of Harmodius and Aristogiton, the first cry of deliverance and regeneration. I now offer my homage of respect and gratitude to the_memory of one of their benefactors. Far from being unworthily jealous of a glory which illustrates a country emulous of my own, I deposit my humble palm at the foot of the monument which a great genius has raised for posterity by the noble termination of his career."

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Several anecdotes might be related of the generosity of Lord Byron, although he was one of those who wished

"To do good by stealth, and blush'd to find it fame."

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Campbell, the author of the " Pleasures Hope," in the last number of the “New

recollection, also take up arms to conquer independence and honour-this cause, so just and so glorious, has been sufficient to animate generous hearts and vivid imaginations. All men, whose elevated minds pay to the Muses a homage worthy of them, have united their hopes and applauses in favour of a feeble, but courageous people, who are braving the danger of destruction, and paying with their blood the price of the liberty they adore. Poets, historians, authors, orators, all the children of genius, whose names enlight ened nations pronounce with pride, have consecrated a portion of their talents in honour of modern Greece. Their eulogies have saved these noble efforts from the opprobrium which is attached to impious or factious rebellions. But amongst all those illustrious characters, who has distinguished himself like Lord Byron? Who has equalled him-I will not say in his poetry, in his prose, or in his oratory; but in his sacrifices! Who, like him, in the full sway of his passions, in the flower of his age, in the bosom of luxury, of pleasure, and of a dignified retirement, could at once tear himself from the delights of life, from a voluptuous country, and proceed to a soil impoverished by despotism, and desolated by intestine war? He lands in Greece, to encourage the timid-to animate the brave-to consecrate his fortune to noble purposes and his genius to painful efforts; above all, to appease already rising dissensions, and to double, by union, the power of a people whose very existence is in danger. This is what has been done by Lord BySuch greatness of mind had no example; and hitherto it has had no imi

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tators.

"Doubtless, at some future day, when victory shall have restored peace to Greece, and leisure to her hereditary genius at some future day, the Peloponnesus will again be the theatre of the panegyrics, the festivals, and the games of Delphi, of Nemea, and of Olympia, and the descendants of Pindar will re-awaken the lyre which celebrated the glory of the conquerors of Marathon, of Platæa, and of Salamis. Then the most harmonious of languages will consecrate the memory of the immortal poet who terminated his career by an act of illustrious devotion, as imperishable as the most beautiful of its own strains. Then, the posterity of Eschylus, and of Tyrtæus, of Themisto. cles, and of Aristides, will repeat chants which will ascend to Heaven, accompanied by the unanimous praises of a whole nation, grateful, as a free people

know how to be.

"Already have the inhabitants of Greece

*M. Viennet.

M. C. de la Vigne.

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Monthly Magazine," in a brief memoir of Byron, says, "Lord Byron resembled an ancient Greek in many points: as has been observed, he reminds us of those better days of Grecian story when valour bowed at the shrine of wisdom, and never appeared more engaging than when scattering incense over the tomb of genius. Enslaved and degraded as the Greeks have become, they are still the descendants of that wonderful race that first gave elevation to the human mind; and if there be one pageant more sublime than another, it is undoubtedly the funeral of an illustrious foreigner consigned to the tomb amidst scenes and associations such as exist in no other country-who merits the regrets he so spontaneously calls forth -whose pall is supported by warriors who hoped to have fought or fallen by his side whose bier is strewed with flowers, and his requiem chanted by the vestals of liberty, and his funeral knell answered by echoes that may have smote the ear of Socrates and Plato. That such a distinction awaits all that remains of the noble author of Childe Harold' we can as little doubt as that he richly deserved it. Even when a mere boy his Lordship was a perfect enthusiast in the cause of Greece. Again and again he braved all the perils of Turkish jealousy to linger amidst scenes which his youthful studies had taught him to revere he climbed Parnassus-swam the Hellespont-bathed his burning brow in the waters of Helicon-penned sublime verses on the plains of Marathon; and, in a word, resigned himself so completely to classic association, that he seemed a Greek in spirit, though a Briton in

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With fragrance sweet as is their hue;
Upon thy shores the guitar's sound
Has joined the murmuring waves at even,
And in a low, unearthly strain,
Has told of some far distant heaven
Where comes not slavery or pain.
But, now thy armed sons disclaim
The tyrant's yoke, the Craven s name;
Now shun the guitar's peaceful tone
To hear the music of a groan,
And seek once more to render thee
The dwelling-place of Liberty.

There is a name that will survive
Royalty's monumental stone,
And, long as history can give
Deserved renown, must deathless live;
BYRON, it is thine own.
Greece was the subject of thy muse,
The object which by thee was loved
The land that thou thyself didst choose
To be thine ages resting-place:
To finish there thy mortal race
Was thy young wish, and Death approved.
There, on that loved and classic ground,
A monument to thee is reared,

On which a Poet's name is found,
By friends beloved, by despots feared
And in it is the noblest heart

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name.

GREECE---LORD BYRON,

THE waves that fall upon the strand
Of exiled Glory's native land,
Receding, bear to distant climes
The tales of deeds of former times;
When they, the noble and the free,
Bled in the cause of liberty;
And to their offspring left a name
Encircled by the wreath of fame.

Again upon that lovely shore
Was lately heard the battle's roar,
When, emulating deeds of yore,
Each Grecian bondsman firmly stood,
And sought his freedom with his blood ;---
Then Turkish chains away were cast,
And then, like echoes of the past,
Arose the shouts of victory,
Arousing dull Thermopyla,
That flung them on to Marathon :
Thus freedom's battle was begun,
And shall it not by Greece be won?
Land of the lovely and the brave,
Upon thy heroes' verdant grave,
Flowers, as of Eden, drop their dew,
And conscerate the air around

That ever warmed the breast of man:
Alas! that genius must depart,
That life is but a span!

Yet not in vain did BYRON die

From home and scenes of youth afar:
For, as a standard floating high,

Amid the clashing ranks of war,
Whene'er it meets the soldier's sight,

Gives him fresh courage for the fight;
His name, if once in battle spoken,

Shall nerve each heart with firmer zeal ;
Whilst to each Greek it does betoken
The friend that perished for his weal.

TIMO.

FROM A POEM ENTITLED "RETRO-
SPECTION."

BUT, hark!---a dreadful knell has met mine ear;
It sounds of death---it tolls the death of one,
Who had mark'd out as glorious a career

As ever, ev'n in Greece, by man was run.
Ev'n he, alike to Game and Freedom dear---
The noblest spirit of the World, is gone,
BYRON, ev'n he, lies passionless, and cold---
As lifeless as Leonidas of old.

When I took up my too presumptuous pen,
To trace those Stanzas, ah!
little thought
That ere I'd lay it down, that first of men,
Should be reduced unto a thing of naught.
"We ne'er shall look upon his like again ;"

His intellectual part its home has sought;
His soul unto its maker has arisen,
"This world to his great spirit was a Prison."
Greece, keep his heart---whilst living it was
thine;

Plant Cypress-trees around his hallow'd Urn ; In years to come, it shall be Freedom's Shrine, To which her Pilgrims shall with rev'rence

turn.

To pay the heart's pure homage---Would 'twere
mine

To go on such a Pilgrimage---to spurn
All other hopes, there, 'mid that sacred gloom,
To pass one lonely night by Byron's Tomb,
But, oh! upon Mankind he has a claim;
Posterity shall turn to Hist'ry's page,
Which shall be brighten'd by the splendid name
Of him, who was the wonder of this Age.
Fair Liberty shall oft, aloud, proclaim

Her loss---and Poet, Patriot, and Sage,

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LINES ON LORD BYRON. "O1.what a noble mind is here o'erthrown." SHAKSPEARE.

BEST friend to sacred Freedom and the free,
Who shall, in terms deserving speak thy praise
What to thy manes can an offering be,
Worthy at such a shrine its head to raise?
Thy soul-inspiring muse alone could frame
A verse, to honour such a deathless name.
Yet would'st thou not despise my humble lay;
The heart's warm incense of a virgin muse;
A glow-worm's taper, to refulgent day---
A speck thy sun-like glory'd not refuse;
Here at thy altar, then, I'd bow my head,
And, what adored while living, praise when
dead.

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We shall conclude with two original pieces with which we have been favoured, others have reached us for which we have no room.

ON THE DEATH OF LORD BYRON. (For the Mirror.

WEEP, weep ye nations of the earth,
In sack-cloth now be drest,
Throw ashes on your heads and mourn,
For England's Bard's at rest.

Cease, cease ye birds of joyful notes,
Your morn and evening song,
And deepest notes of sorrow sing,
For England's Bard is gone.

Sun, Moon, and Stars, in heaven high,
Your lustre fail to shed,
Surround the globe in night's dark cloud,
For England's Bard has filed.

Ye trees that tower aloft in pride,

Bow down your heads and weep, As willows bending o'er the brook, For England's Bard's asleep.

Ye flowers and herbs of various kinds,
Your weeping now begin,
For his whose eye flash'd heavenly fire,
Alas! too soon's grown dim.
E. L.

ON THE DEATH OF LORD BYRON. (For the Mirror.)

THE harp of the Poet is silent in death (That harp which so oft with love's witchery rung,)

Ne'er again shall it waken in magical breath, Or sing in that grandeur which lately it sung. Yes, the bard has "fell pale" in a far, foreign land,

With "no mother to weep" o'er the patriot bier,

Tho' honour'd his corse by each freeman's command--

Tho' hallow'd his tomb by Achaia's cold tear. He has left all lonely in sorrow and sadness,

As the Sun shall depart when earth's reign is

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INDEX

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THE MIRROR,

VOLUME THE THIRD.

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ABBADONA, a Tale, 227.

BIOGRAPHY, SELECT, 14, 92, 123, 154,
Abeona, Transport, burnt, 198, 230. 207, 231, 294, 317, 382, 393, 406.
Adventure, Romantic, 204.

Blackboy-Alley Gang, 55.
Advertisement, Singular, 47.

Blackheath Assembly, the, 8.
Aerial Travelling, Remarks on, 402. Blasted Tree, the, a Tale, 249.
African Tree, utility of, 253.

Blindness, Fashionable, 391.
Alban's, St., Church of, 145, 197.

Bowles, Rey. W. L., Lines by, 155.
Alfred the Great, Tomb of, 292, 325. Britton, the Musical Coal-man, 211.
Algiers, Bombardment of, 264.

Brock, Description of the Village of, 300.
Almack's on Friday, 156, 166.

Broke, Captain, Anecdotes of, 247.
Aloe, in Flower, Lines on, 68.

Bubbles of 1719-20, 268.
Amazon, Brazilian, 271.

Budgell, Eustace, Anecdote of, 85.
Amelia, Princess, bon-mot of, :58. Bunns, Hot Cross, 286.
Anagrammatism, on, 82.

Burke, Anecdote of, 379.
Analects, by the Opium Eater, 104. Burleigh Castle, Sonnet on, 111.
Animalculæ, Phenomena of, 260.

Burns's Birth place, 247.
Animals, revivification of, 212, 260.

Mausoleum, Account of, 129.
Annus Mirabilis, 29.

But o'the Ben, Song, 52.
Antipathy, 253.

Butter, Methods of Making, 127, 223.
Antwerp Cathedral, Account of, 81. Byron, Lord, Life and Poems of, 337, 398.
Apophthegms, 150.

Recollections of, 417.
April, on the Month of, 246.

-, Scott's Character of, 377.
Arabian Girl, Song of a, 70.

- Tributes to the Memory of,
Arithmetic, History of, 323, 388.

350, 357, 417.
Arithmetical Instruments, 186.

Cade, Jack, Insurrection of; l.
Arundelian Marbles, on the, 179.

Cairns, Welsh, 51.
Ashantees, Account of the, 311.

Cards, Origin of, 211.
Aspall, the Musical Prodigy, 294.

Carnival at Paris, the, 277.
Athens, Description of, 17.

Castle of Orcani, a Tale, 71, 94.
Atmosphere, Phenomena of the, 372.

Builders, 26, 45.
Audience and the Visit, a Tale, 380. Catalani, Memoirs of, 155.
Aunt Martha, 367.

Cataract of Lodore, the, 140.
Aurora Borealis, Artificial, 362.

Catches from the German, 238, 410.
Babylon, Hanging Gardens at, 261. Caucasus, Habịt of the, 203.
Bachelor, Misgivings of an old, 23. Cavern in North America, Great, 381.
Miseries of, 238.

Caxton, William, 194.
Balloons, History of, 391.

Chain-Bridge over the Thames, 303.
Baptismal Customs, 203.

Charlotte, Princess, 22, 188.
Barrett, Shipwreck of the, 295.

Cheapside, Cross in, 193.
Barry, the Actor, Anecdotes of, 221 Chess, Origin of, 211.
Bath, Town-Hall of, 185.

Child Saved, the, 360.
Battle of Wakefield Green, 226.

Chili, Entertainments in, 282.
of the Shannon and Chesapeake, Christmas Games of Negroes, 10.
247.

Carol, 25.
Bats, Winter Sleep of, 213.

Coals, Discovery and Use of, 277.
Beacon, the, 404.

Comet, Lines on the, 153.
Beards and Barbers, History of, 36, 59. Commerce, History of, 130.
Beauty and Dress, Remarks on, 366. COMMON-PLACE Book, MY, 331, 375, 408.
Beggar of Algiers, the, 399.

Concert, Amateur, 86, 105.
's Dog, the, a Poem, 154.

--, in Town, the First, 211.
Bell-ringing, on, 201.

Constitution, American, 253.
Bells, Anecdotes of Church, 199.

Cookey's Love-Letter, 228.
Belshazzar's Feast, 35.

Corpulence, on, 103.
Benefit of Clergy explained, 178.

Coughs, Receipt for a, 127, 288.
Beverage, Cheap and Wholesome, 63. Cowper, the Poet, Letter and Poems of, 108.
Cromwell Lying in State, 273.

Grierson, Constantia, Life of, 231.
L's House in Whitehall, 305. Grimaldi, Joe, 30, 303.
Crossing the Desert, 316.

Grotto of St. Odille, 319.
of Proverbs, 70.

Gwyn, Nell, Memoirs of, 207.
Crucifixion, the, 229.

Hampstead Heath, a Sketch, 299.
Crumbs of Comfort, 74.

Hands, on the Custom of Kissing, 67.
Custom, Singular, 31.

Hawkins, Sir John, Account of, 389.
Customs, Ancient, 203, 213.

Headly, Henry, Life of, 133, 156.
Dancing, Defence of, 373.

Heilan Heather, 403.
Dandies, Satire on the, 143.

Hindoo Architect, a, 123. Festival, 258.
Dartford Nunnery, Account of, 9.

Hoax in Lisbon, 246.
David's Day, St., 153.

Hot Rolls or St. Monday, 132.
Davy, Sir Humphrey, 216.

Howling at Funerals, 35.
Day after Pay-Day at Sea, 109.

Human Life, Pulsations of, 304.
Deaf and Dumb, Instructions for the, 147, Hunchbacks, the Three, 187.
195.

Huntingdon, Countess, Letter of, 163,
Deafness, Remedy of, 176, 224.

Husband, the, from the Greek, 180.
Death, Observations on, 108.

Imagination, Effects of, 68
on the Punishment of, 205. Indian Lover's Song, 69.
Dervishes, Account of the, 182.

Ingenuity, Minute, 383.
Dodd, Dr., Letter to, 163.

Ink, Indelible, Recipes for, 159.
Dog, the Old, 292.

Inquisition, Spanish, Secrets of the, 396.
Anecdotes of the, 183, 304.

Ireland, Ancient Police of, 104.
Douglas, Marchioness of, Lines on, 62.

Stanzas on King's Voyage to, 199.
Dream of Borberay, the, 358.

Irving, Rev. Edward, Character of, 12.
Drouet, Life of, 382.

Washington, 269.
Duelling, History of, 323.

Jack of Newberry, Account of, 314.
Dusty Bob's Love-Letter, 136.

James's Powder, Recipe for, 15.
Ears and Ear-rings, on, 151.

Janet's Letter to the Editor, 75.
Easter Monday Customs, 253.

January, on the Month of, 53, 68.
Eating, the Praise of, 238.

Jenkins, Epitaph on Old, 245.
Embalming, 36.

Jockie is grown a Gentleman, 326, 387.
Engravers, British, 110.

Jones, Paul, Life of, 317, 335.
Entertainment, Places of, in India, 409. Juggernaut, the Car of, 257.
Epee, the Abbe de l', 147, 161.

Kemble, Stephen, and the Jew, 287.
EPIGRAMS in every Number.

Kremlin at Moscow described, 113.
EPITAPHS in every Number.

Lambeth, a Poem, 308. Church, 143.
Eponina and Sabinius, 101.

Lament of Boxoma, the, 371.
Esquimaux, the, 217, 280, 379.

Latour, Manbourg, Anecdote of, 160.
Etiquette, Spanish, 286.

Leap-year, explanation of, 135.
Ettrick Shepherd, Anecdotes by, 183. Lear, Story of King, 34.
Exchange, the Royal, 248.

Lee, Nathaniel, Anecdote of, 240.
Facetiæ, 128.

Lent, or a Visit to Catholic Friends, 21.
Farmer's Wife, the, 91.

Legislator, Humane, on a, 242, 274.
February, on the Month of, 89, 99. Leisure Hours, 19, 35, 82.
Fifteenth Century, Customs of the, 213. Letter from the Country to a Friend in
Fishes, Revivification of, 213.

Town, 332.
Flor Silin, a Russian Tale, 284,

Life, Probabilities of, 111. In London, 173.
Fontenelle, Anecdote of, 30.

Lightning, Artificial, 362.
Forest Vale, the, 215.

Lily, the, 202.
Franklin, Dr., Anecdote of, 158.

Lines to an Infant, 101.
Fruits in England, 78.

presented with a rose, 405.
Funerals, Irish, 138.

by a Lady to her Lord, 391
Gaming, Strictures on, 99.'

to a Young Lady, 158.
Gay, the Poet, Anecdote of, 269.

Lima, Theatre at, 283,
Geneva, Description of, 78.

Lisbon, description of, 222, 364.
Gentlewoman, the, a Fragment, 307. Lithography, Description of, 163.
Geographical Garden, 229.

London Bridge, account of, 411.
George III., Anecdotes of, 79, 139.

Stone described, 1.
Ghost, the, 398.

Lyrics, 168.
Gibraltar, Journal of Siege of, 244. Love, Miss, Lines on, 240.
Glenara, a Poem, 164.

at First Sight, 416.
Good Woman, Sign of, Explained, i31.

Out of place, 133.
Gordon, of Brackley, a Ballad, 267.

Restored, 195.
Gouty Merchant and Stranger, 174

Letter of the 15th century, 399.
Grandmother, My, 272.

Lover, Lines to an altered, 74.
Gratitude, a Persian Tale, 205.

Luck in the Lottery, 120.
Greenwich Fair, 404.

Madagascar Bat, thé, 374.
Grey Ass, the better Sign, 210.

Madrigal, 202.
Grey Friars Monastery, the, 121.

Maid of Baldock, the, 286.

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