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The Wind and Leaf held dalliance :- "Gentle Leaf,"
Began the Wind, "awake and fly with me! For thee I pass'd the beds where roses are; And though their breasts half-open woo'd my stay,
And every little bud shone like a star,
I thought on thee: Arise, and come away! Thy sisters dark are sleeping in the dew,
I would not rouse their coldness with a sigh. But thou-the Beautiful, and I-the True,
Were meant for common passion: Let us fly!" The Leaf complied; and, ere a day was gone, Was flung away-a thing to tread upon.
SOUNDS: A FRAGMENT.
Have you e'er sat beneath a greenwood-tree, And listened?
A strange music floats around,
Such as man's so-call'd music mocketh not;
There's not a stir within Earth's atmosphere,
The booming earthquake and the cannon's roar,
Slim nautch-girls dancing to the harsh tom-tom,
All these sounds, dimly heard
The measured cawing of some ancient rook, Aping St Stephen's midnight prose ;-the shriek Of some field mouse, caught in an adder's fangs, The stock-dove's gasping struggles with the hawk;
And buzzing wasps, and tapping wood-peckers!
O Southern Wind, com'st thou from leafy nooks,
THE LITTLE MAID AND THE FLOWERS. Silvering, with thy sweet breath, the willow
Sweet flowers, ye are welcome
In the year's golden time;
Ah! so late have ye come,
Soon the summer will shine.
Say, my voice can ye hear,
And my glance can ye see? Your sweet language to know, Oh, who will teach me?
Say, whom shall I choose
As companion in May?
To the bright father-land
Who will point me the way?
Choose me, said the Lily, for with a white robe
Choose me, said the Violet sweet, a desire
Choose me, said the Rose, for truly to guard Thy youth's tender blossom aye free, Through modesty holy, without a regret, Sweet maiden, this will I teach thee.
* "Allons, eufans de la patrie, arrivé
Le jour de gloire est !"-Hymne des Marseillois. "Parle, demande, disait le représentant en mission auprés de l'armeé où servait Latour d'Auvergne; tu connais mon credit; que me demandes tu? Moi? répondit négligemment le brave Latour. Oui, toi même. Eh bien! fais moi donner une paire de souliers; j'en ai qui ne valent plus rien."
It seems obvious to remark, that the fame of Latour d'Auvergne, like that of Chevalier Bayard, Sir William Wallace, Washington, and other patriots of renown, is not qualified by the circumstance of his maintaining the independence of his country; but it is solely derived from the lustre of his own uniform disinterestedness and magnanimity in his arduous career.
Turning them upwards to the gladdened sky? Oh, didst thou gently pass the violet by,
Honoring the tears she grieves?
Oh, hast thou, Spirit, beautiful unseen,
Ruffling the starlit brooks,
Startling the lily, till, beneath the tides,
Oh, pause one moment; here are leaves and flow
And all sweet things, to gladden thee on earth;
Amid those fir-trees, and their fettering boughs,
And moan to the faint stars thy lonesome vows-
O Southern Wind! over thy wings have sighed,
A SONG FROM AFAR.
BY FREDERICH VON MATTHISON.
When thou at eventide art sitting
Amidst the forest's lonely shade, And seest there a shadow flitting
With smiles to thee across the glade, Oh think the spirit of thy friend Hath travelled there with thine to blend!
When moonlight in the sky is beaming, And thou art musing of thy love, While music from the birds is streaming All up and down the leafy grove,—
Then when thy thoughts swell to a sigh,
When thou in dreamy thought art straying
When resting in thy cot at even,
As many stars above thee shine, Thou hearest whisper'd in the heaven
Our plighted words,-"For ever thine,"Then, in thy slumberings, believe
My spirit is with thee that eve.
See, Friend, this little bark, it scarcely dares
Come, let us guide it in its first assay.
Already blows the breeze of Destiny,
Already Hope has sped the swelling sail, Bright are the stars that twinkle in the sky, And calm the sea, unruffled by the gale.
Fly far away, ye birds of evil doom!
All in this boat to Love and Joy belong! Come, comrades, we who see it leave its home Will cheer its voyage by our joyous song.
The Loves hang wreaths of flowers in joyfulness Around the mast, and ply their busy hands; To the chaste Sisters we our vows address;
And, at the helm, see, gentle Friendship stands. Bacchus himself, with all his train, is come,
And sportive Pleasure hastes to join the throng; Come, comrades, we who see it leave its home Will cheer its voyage by our joyous song.
And see while thus we speed our voyage on, Thus Fortune comes and blesses Virtue mild, And prays that all the good that she has done
May be repaid upon this gentle child.
Sure, then, from this, that, wheresoe'er we roam, Just heaven will guard our favor'd boat from
Without a stone to tell us where their green beds may be found;
Neglected and alone they seem, and yet it is not
SCIENCE AND ART.
PRIZES OF THE FRENCH ACADEMY.-The annual | individuals have to bestow-nor that the examsitting of the French Academy, for the distribu- ple of such encouragement is without its uses. tion of the prizes in its award, was held on the But our objection is to the institution of such 29th ult., when the prize of Eloquence proposed rewards as motives to the practice of the virtues. by the Academy itself,-the subject of which on The virtue which has no better foundation the presont occasion was a Discours sur Voltaire, changes its character at once, and will gradually was awarded to M. Harel,-known, hitherto, in degenerate till the community suffer seriously by the literary world only as the author of some dra- the mixed sense and low standard of morality matic attempts. This discourse was highly spok- introduced. The society that cultivates its viren of by M. Villemain, who reported on the tues for a price is not far enough removed, for prizes; and is still more highly praised in other safety, from the community that takes the price and very competent quarters. The first of the of its shame. The common motive is a dangerhistorical prizes was continued to M. Augustinous approximation; and it will be found, in the Thierry (who already held it, for his Recit des end, that circumstance will decide too often on Temps Merovingiens); and the second was also the direction in which the reward, so made comconfirmed to its present possessor, M. Bazin, for mon, shall be sought. It may be well to honor his Histoire de France sous Louis XIII. The David Lacroix, who has saved 117 lives, and regreat Monthyon prize of 6,000 fr. was given to ward Pierre Thian, who has lost the power to the pere Gregoire Girard, a Franciscan monk of labor in rescuing persons from the Tarn and the Friburg, for his work entitled De l' Enseignement Gironde. These are exceptional cases, and regulier de la langue maternelle; and prizes were cases in which pecuniary assistance was directly awarded of 3,000 fr. to M. Egron for his Livre needed and had been nobly earned, But the de l'Ouvrier; 2,000 fr. to M. Halevy for his Re- Academy should not be called on to crown a cueil de Fables; and 2,000 fr. to M. Vander-Burch man for being honest, or a woman for being for his Carriole d'Osier. Other minor literary chaste. That must be a sickly state of society, prizes were distributed, and the Monthyon prizes in which such qualities merit crowns. To paof Virtue we do not report. In our opinion, rade virtues like these is to degrade them at the though unquestionably reflecting on their author time, and endanger them afterwards; and some the honor of the highest intentions, they are ob- curious examples have been mentioned, in which jectionable in principle. Virtue is made, in their the act of crowning by the Academy has led to ordination, far too theatrical a matter, and taught the immediate tarnishing of the crown which it to look for her rewards in the wrong direction. had conferred. The virtue, which had simpliciA trade exposition, with its medals and prizes, is ty for its character and privacy for its fitting elea useful institution, proposing such stimulants as ment, dragged into a stage-light, and covered are appropriate to the subjects with which it with tinsel, forgot its quality, and was not strong deals. Operatives labor, and manufacturers in- enough to resist the seduction to which it had vent, for the express sake of the temporal ben- been exposed by the very fact of its exhibition efices which they can earn ; but an annual exhi-"i' the Capitol. In all cases, even where the bition of the virtues, competing for honorary reward is legitimate, the theatrical exhibition rewards, would be one of the most offensive and were best avoided. The material reward should demoralizing things possible. It is not that some be considered but subsidiary honor, whereas the of the cases, in particular, which the Academy parade and circumstances with which it is behas crowned, are not well deserving of such re-stowed, put it in the first place. If it be proposed wards and encouragements as governments or to answer us with an allusion to the prizes given
by bodies like our Royal Humane Society, we PHOTOGRAPHY.-Permit me, through the colsay they are not cases in point. The Royal Hu-umns of the Athenæum, to make known to the mane Society is an institution, having an eco-admirers of the Photogenic art a most brilliant nomic object, and working with such materials improvement in the Energiatype process of Mr. as it can find. Its purpose is, not to blazon virtue, Hunt. It is as follows:-Having prepared the but to save life; and it addresses itself to such paper according to his directions, and submitted mixed motives as are known to exist and likely it to the action of the sun's rays in the camera, to help it in carrying its useful object. Its mean- it must be removed and dexterously immersed ings are positive, and the services it pays pre-into a vessel containing a spiritous solution of scribed; and in giving its own testimonial it the essential oils of cassia and cloves; and as makes no pretension to place an academical soon as the spirit has permeated the texture of crown (in France it may almost be called a na-the paper, which will be in the space of a few tional one) on the head of some hardy mariner or moments, it must be taken out, and, with the village-girl, summoned up to play the part of Peas-quickness of thought, laid flat on a piece of plate ant-Virtue, in a masque performed before the loun- glass, and kept pressed in that position by means gers of the metropolis.-Athenæum. of blotting paper saturated with the same solution for an hour or two. The result is, as MANUFACTURE OF IRON.-The application of doubtless you will have anticipated, a picture electricity, to supersede several of the expen- beautifully delineated, with brilliant metallic sive processes in the manufacture of iron, has, lines of silver, for wherever the nitrate remains it is stated, been tried in the Welsh and Derby-unacted upon by the light and other reagents shire furnaces with satisfactory results. It ap- made use of, the oils (as in the new process lately pears that the costly fuel and labor required for published in your periodical for the manufacture the purification of the ore from sulphur, phos-of mirrors, and which, by the way, suggested phorus, and subtle elements, create its high the present application,) throw down the silver Not having time to carry market value, and these being all electro-nega- in the metallic state. tive, have induced the new process, whereby out the thing myself to any extent, I beg leave the impure stream of metal, after flowing from to present it to the public.-And remain, &c.the blast in the moment of consolidation, is subjec- Athenæum. ted to a powerful voltaic battery, which so disEDE'S NEWLY INVENTED ROYAL HERALDIC INK engages the impure components that in the process of puddling they are readily extracted.--of which a packet, with the requisite accomNewcastle Advertiser.
panying apparatus of stamp, &c., has recently been submitted to our inspection-meets with CASSINI.—The Comte de Cassini has presented distinguishing properties of this valuable chemiour hearty approbation, in consequence of the to the library of Clermont the statue of his ances- cal preparation, which are, its brilliancy of color, tor, Jean Dominique Cassini. The illustrious as-its freedom from all corrosive effects on every tronomer is represented meditating the composition of the Memoir in which he gives an account of his recent discoveries of the satellites of Saturn.
GAMBIA AND SENEGAL.-A commission sent out, last year, by the French Governor of Senegal, to explore the course of the River Falémé, and the gold mines lying in the lands watered by that stream and its tributaries, having completed its labors by an examination of the upper course of the Gambia, the Ministry of the Marine, in France, is preparing for publication a memoir of M. Raffenel, a member of the Mission, which is said to resolve, on data quite new, the question of the alleged junction between the upper streams of the Gambia and Senegal.—Athenæum.
fineness of linen, and its absolute indelibility. By pression of names or cyphers (in fac-simile, if means of a peculiarly executed stamp, the imwished), crests, &c., is produced with surprising facility, and with a degree of neatness and precision unattainable by pen or pencil. The compactness and elegance of the apparatus, combined with economy of cost, recommend it equally to the aristocracy, to the lady in her boudoir, and to the public at large. Lit. Gaz.
Cow-FEED.-M. Dumas made a report on some experiments made by M. Boussaingault, relative to the feeding of cows with beet root and potatoes. M. Boussaingault, states that two cows which were fed exclusively on beet root, fell off in flesh in seventeen days nearly one-sixth, and their milk diminished from eight to ten litres per day BRIDGE AT WARSAW-The progress of the to five litres. They were then turned into pasgreat bridge over the Vistula, which has been re-ture, and soon resumed their former weight, and tarded from the deficiency of funds, has received gave the former quantity of milk. They were an accelerated movement, owing to a very curi- next fed exclusively on potatoes, when they fell ous circumstance, which, in the days of supersti-off still more in flesh than they had done with tion, must have conferred a character of great beet root, and the milk was reduced to two litres sanctity on the work; the Saints themselves each per day. On being placed on a mixed food have provided the needful. In proceeding to the of hay, chopped straw, beet root, and potatoes, demolition of a small and very ancient cath- they again recovered their flesh, and gave the olic chapel, to clear the approach on the Warsaw former quantity of milk. The conclusions of this side, two barrels filled with bars of fine gold gentleman are, that beet root and potatoes do not have been discovered. The value is estimated perform the part usually imputed to them, of fatat a million and a half of florins (upwards of tening cattle, or increasing the quantity of the £150,000 sterling), and the whole has been ap-milk of cows His experiments show that this propriated to the completion of the bridge.-Athe-is the case, when this food is given to the exclusion of all others.-Athenæum.