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tion of doubt and uncertainty. Alas! | ance of buildings.., The total circumfe. Now, in my (Mr. Rich’s) account of the that the contrivers of the measure of rence of the four sides of the Birs is 2286 ruins, it is said that there are no remains time should be doomed to such oblivion ; feet; of the Mujelibè 2011 feet ;-and of on the western bank; therefore the river and the most glorious works of those the tower of Belus, according to the an- must formerly have run through the ruins who divided the year into its months, dium, about 2000 feet; so that either of to have divided them into two equal por
cient accounts, taking 500 feet for the sta- described by ine, on the eastern side, so as and invented the Zodiac itself, should the mounds, with respect to measurement, tions. But there are cer.ain mounds laid partake so little of the immortality ima- agrees very nearly with that building. down in my plan, which shew that the river gined for them, as to be, in the lapse of Though it has been the received opinion could not have run in that direction. These a few centuries, confounded with the that this celebrated tower stood in the mounds must consequently be referred to common natural phenomena of moun- eastern quarter of Babylon, it does not ap- a town of more recent construction, of tain and valley. What a lesson to hu- pear to be positively so stated either by whose existence Major Rennel acknowman ambition !--the builders of the Herodotus, Strabo, Pliny, Quintus Cur- ledges we have no other evidence. pyramids are not surely known--the tower tins, or Diodorus, though an ambiguous
Upon this our Author argues geneof Babel, which, from its immensity
, construed to favour that position. Shoula rally, and we think very successfully, was said to be raised against heaven, has the Birs Nemroud, on the other hand,
both from his advantages in personally only a disputed record on earth!
prove to be the remains of Belus, we must exploring the scene, and from his preHilla, which presents such strong and exclude the Mujelibè, or hold that it was ferring, as we should unquestionably almost indisputable claims to be considered
at one extremity of the city and the Birs at prefer, the representations of Herodoas the remains of Babylon, is about forty- the other, and that Babylon was an ex- tus, (who went to Babylon, and whose eight miles from Bagdat. The perfectly tended square of nine milés on each side.
statements are every day acquiring fresh flat country between, and around the for- There is no trace whatever of the arch in authority, as modern research enables mer, is occupied by Zobeide Arabs, whose these ruins. The general size of the kille
us to appreciate their accuracy,) to those Sheikh is responsible to the Pasha of Bag- burnt brick used, is 13 inches square, by of Ctesias and his copier Diodorus, Hillu is a place of from 6000 to 7000 dimensions, and a few of different shapes whom Aristotle declared to be unworthy
of belief :inhabitants, alinost entirely Arabs and for particular purposes. They are of seveJews ; there being no Christians, and the ral colours; white, approaching more or That it is no where stated whether the Turks having no population there beyond less to a yellowish cast, which is the finest Tower of Belus was on the east or west of the number employed in the government. sort; red, like our ordinary brick; and the Euphrates; that its position in the cenIt is seated on the Euphrates, which is here
some of a blackish cast and very hard. The tre of the city, or even in one of iis diviabout 450 feet broad. The principal struc- sun-dried brick is considerably larger, and sions, is by no means clearly made out; aud tures of ancient Babylon are rather to be looks like a thick clumsy clod of earth. that while the description of the best anconjectured at than traced; but the whole The cements are, bitumen, mortar, and cient anthor involves no difficulties, the face of the country is covered with vestiges clay.
only particulars which embarrass us are of buildings, in some places consisting of Such is the substance of Mr. Rich's supported by the sole testimony of the brick walls surprisingly fresh, in others first Memoir,f which may be considered merely of a vast succession of mounds of rather as calling the attention of the Major Rennel, presuming that the rubbish, of such indeterminate figures, learned to an important object hitherto Mujelibè is the Tower or Temple of Bevariety, and extent, as to involve theory insufficiently noticed, than as advancing lus, reduces every thing else to that cenmounds, however, are two of such prodi- a hypothesis to which that gentleman tre, and supposes a change of course in gious bulk as to impress, at first sight, the
was pertinaciously attached. Major the river to uphold his theory. This idea that they are the wreck of the greatest Rennel, however, whose opinion is de- Mr. Rich contradicts, from a survey of edifices of the oldest Empire in the world. servedly of so much weight on such the ground, and from the improbability The Mujelibè, * situated on the east bank of questions, having published some re- of such a change taking place. He also the Euphrates, on which side nearly all the marks in the Archaeologia, in refutation objects to the later town, supposed to ruins, and especially those of the Kasr held of the Author's propositions, the latter have been built by Major R. Such a to be the Palace, lie, had heretofore been has been induced to defend them in a town, if built at all, would not have generally considered to be the once mighty temple of Jupiter Belus, the inventor of second Memoir, at which we heartily been built in the midst of ruins, where astronomy, and synonymous with the tower rejoice, since it has brought forward the Major plants it. We must refer to of Babwl, which the descendants of Noah many new and curious facts of deep and the publication for the more minute deerected on the plains of Shinaar. Benja- general interest. To the consideration tails of this argument; and acquit ourmin of Tudela, who first revived the re- of these we now proceed, and shall selves of our promise to record some of membrance of these ruins, was held to be of waste very few words on the controver- the remarkable facts brought forward by this opinion, and it passed current from his sial parts of the subject. But we may
Mr. Rich. time. The second mound, which Mr. briefly state, that Rich contends for, is situated on the east
The burnt liricks of which the ruins are of the river, and at so considerable a dis
The sum of Major Rennel's argument is principally composed, and which have intance from the mass of the other architec- lon into two equal parts ; one palace, with racter, only found in Babylon and Persero
as follows : The Euphrates divided Baby- scriptions on them in the cuneiform chasigned to Babylon by ancient writers, in the Tower of Belus, stood on the east of it, lis,* are all invariably placed in a similar credible as these limits appear to be. It is and the other immediately opposite it, on manner, viz. with their faces or written sides called the Birs Nemrond, and though of the west, ---each occupying central situa-downwards. The buildings, it thus appears, astonishing size, has only been noticed by the palaces and temple together formed for when they are found in more modern
tions in their respective divisions; or rather, were erected when the bricks were made, jelibè is 141, and the Birs Nemroud 198 the central point of the city, and were constructions, such as Bagdat or Hilla, they feet high ; and both present the appear- separated from each other by the river. are placed indifferently without regard to
+ Three plates, 1. Of the Eastern ruins; 2 In our review of Morier's Second Journey, * Mukallibe, but pronounced as aboye, Mu- and 3. Views of the Mujelibè, Birs Nemroud, we noticed that they has also been found in ruins jelibè, or Overturned, by the yulgar Arabs. and Kasr, on each of their four faces.
in the north of Persia.-ED,
the writing. This in itself is almost proof | within these few years, Dr. Grotefend, of one of the coffins in the Mujelibè Galthat these are the ruins of Bahylon, since, Frankfort, has made some progress in de- lery, of cylinders and other antiquities if the city had been Mahometan or Chris- vising a key to this mystery. Should he which have been extracted from these tian, fragments of inscriptions would have ultimately succeed entirely in his difficult ruins. These cylinders are extremely been met with in the Coufic or Stranghelo. and laborious task, as he has already in Sepulchral urns, filled with ashes and small translating some of the inscriptions on the curious, from one to three inches in pieces of bones, have also been found in the ruins of Persepolis, and one from those length, and either of stone or a sort of Kasr; and in the northern face of the Mu- of Pasargadæ, we may expect extraordi- paste composition. One of them, dug up jelibè, a gallery filled with skeletons in- nary intelligence from the buried world of not long ago in the field of Marathon, closed in wooden coffins, was discovered by the most ancient times. Dr. Grotefend is now in the possession of Mr.Fauvel, of Mr. Rich. Neither of these modes of bu- observes, that there are three varieties of Athens. They are principally found in. rial have been practised since the introduc- those inscriptions, distinguished from each the ruins of Jerbouiya,, and the people of tion of Islamism, and they consequently other by the greater complication of the the country use them as amulets. Small establish the antiquity of the buildings at a characters formed by the radical signs of a date prior to that event. These discove- wedge (or arrow) and an angle. Each in- figures of brass or copper are also found ries are rendered more interesting, as we scription is repeated in all the three spe- at Babylon, but no Babylonian coins have no reason to suppose that the
Babylo- cies. The first, or simplest species, deci- have yet been discovered. nians burned their dead, the old Persians phered by Dr. G. of the times of Cyrus,
In taking leave of these interesting we know never did. It is not therefore Darius Hystaspes, and Xerxes, is in Žend, volumes, we need scarcely add, even to impossible that the two different kinds of the language of Ecbatana, and there are our imperfect analysis, that they claim burial may indicate the several usages of the grounds for believing that the remaining the attention of the learned world, in a Babylonians and Greeks, and that the urns ones are translations into the language of degree not surpassed by any modern. may contain the ashes of the soldiers of the other capitals of the Persian empire, publication of a similar nature and extent. Alexander and his successors.
Susa and Babylon.
We have thought it right to mention the Tower of Belus was destroyed by fire these circumstances relating to the most Antar, a Bedoueen Romance. Translated from heaven, and it is curious that the ancient character of which we have any
from the Arabic. By Terrick Hamile summit of the Birs presents immense vitri- knowledge; the origin of which is be
ton, Esq. Oriental Secretary to the fied masses, evidently the result of fire. It yond the researches of the antiquarian, British Embassy at Constantinople. is now probably in almost the same state in who is only aware that it was used by
London 1819, small 8vo. pp. 298. which Alexander saw it; if we give credit the great nations of antiquity, the Meto the report, that ten thousand men could dian, Persian, and Assyrian, and who We hasten to give some account of this only, re:nove the rubbish, preparatory to conjectures that it is in all likelihood the remarkable work, which, as far as our repairing it, in two months.
Assyrian writing of Herodotus, and that knowledge consists, may be considered From the Appendix to Mr. Rich's Me- which Darius'Hystaspes engraved on the in many points as thoroughly unique in moir, we are induced to hope for much pillars which he set up on the banks of European literature. We no doubt possess further information respecting the anti-the Bosphorus.
many Eastern tales, supernatural and roquities of the part of the world in which From its peculiar form, it seems to mantic narratives, in which all the metahe sojourns. He promises a Memoir on have been, like the sacred character of phorand glowoforiental style is employed Nineveh (the modern Mousoul,) where the Egyptians, confined to lapidary in- in adorning fictions of unbounded splenan immense block of stone, on which scriptions, while there must have been dour and fancy. These place before our : was sculptured a man on horseback,with another mode of writing in common use.
enchanted senses the manners and cusa long lance in his hand, followed by If so, it would perish with the Macedo- toms of Asia ;-but they are chiefly the many others, on foot,* and animals, was nian conquest, which left the Persians manners and customs of palaces and recently found and destroyed ; but pre- and Babylonians no monuments to erect, mighty sovereigns. They are derived too cautions have been taken to prevent such nor events to record. The Sassanians, from the pens of Turkish or Persian accidents in future, and preserve the mo- the professed restorers of the ancient rites poets, who gild every object with the numents of antiquity, such as the above, and usages of Persia, could not recall this brilliancy of their own imagination; and, cylinders, &c. which are occasionally dug obsolete mode of writing, lost during the except perhaps in the Koran itself, we up. In the same manner Hilla is made long period the Greek dynasties held the might say, that previous to the perusal of the general depôt for antiques found sceptre of Iran, and, accordingly, we Antar, we were ill informed of the pecuthroughout the country, and especially find their coins and monuments inscribed liar habits of ancient Arabia,—of that on the banks of the Euphrates, from with a character having an analogy with shepherd people whose characteristics Raka to Samarva. Of these we are the Hebrew, Phenician, or Palmyrene, were but one stage removed from those told, which has been deciphered.
in the first recorded history of associated The most interesting are the Sassanian Mr. Rich illustrates his excellent work and Babylonian. Many of the latter con- with plates, representing stones and
In offering these observations, we tain specimens of the very curious and pri- bricks found at Babylon and Nineveh, theme of this Bedoueen story. The fa
speak not of the wild adventures of the mitive system of writing found only in the with their sculptured figures and inscrip-bles of Greek mythology are not more Babylonian monuments, and those of Persia in the first period of its history, previous to tions : also of a brass ornament found in
incredible than his super-human feats ; the Macedonian conquests, and rejecting the romances of Ferdusi. The cuneiform, (i. e.
+ On a close examination of further specimens but there is a simplicity which runs wedge-form,) or, as it has been called, the sent to him, this learned person states his opi- through their relation, a perpetual referarrow-headed character, has heretofore baf- nion in a letter, that these three species are only ence to the institutions and ways of these iled every attempt at deciphering it ; but varieties of different modes of writing the same pastoral and wandering, yet warlike
kind of Babylonian cuneiform writing. This is tribes, an individuality and freshness of *This seems almost a description of the Perse- more consonant to reason than the theory of description, that possess extraordinary politan antiquities of Mr. Morier.
three distinct combinations of characters -Ed. interest, and raise this romanee far above
its class, as the most curious picture of of course anxious that France should | i. e. ennobled, and her name be published Arabian life in early times which has reap the honour of its first translation : ainong the Arabs ; and they used to say ever met the eye of Europe.
Antar (says the Introduction) is no ima- that the wife of such a one is ennobled. While we trace the career of the Arab ginary personage. He was the son of an The families of Carad and Zeead were Hercules, staggering belief with its pro
Arab 'Prince of the tribe of Abs, by a black the next in power to Zoheir, who digious exploits, and contemplate the woman, whom his father had made captive
Was established in his dominions, and all exaggerated hero performing such won himself, by the heroic qualities which he him, and sent him presents from every
in a predatory excursion; and he raised the Arabs and Kings of the age obeyed ders as only the heroes of antiquity could displayed from his earliest youth, and by quarter. And the tribe of Abs passed their perform ; while we listen to the vaunts his extraordinary genius for poetry, from time in plundering and killing the Chiefof his own valiant deeds, and his power in the state of slavery in which he was born, tains, till all Arabia was overawed by their battle, compared with which all the boast to the confidence of his king, and to a pre-power, and all the dwellers of the deserts ings of modern braggardism are perfect eminence above all the chiefs of Arabia. He feared thein. modesty; while we are charmed by the fourished during the close of the sixth,
It was in one of these plundering exharmony of the love strains of this strange the Christian Pera; there is consequently peditions that Shedad, of the family of but fervent lover, shining even through little or no allusion to the customs or insti. Carad, took prisoner
a black woman, translation with rare felicity of thought tutions of Islamism throughout the work ; uncommonly beautiful and well-shaped, and beauty of expression; we are still though the hero is frequently designated as her appearance elegant and striking;' more attracted by the multitude of na- " He by whom God organized the earth and with her two children. tive traits, which, as it were, make us and the world for the appearance of the
This woman's name was Zebeeba, and inmates of the Arabs' tents, introduce us Lord of Slaves.”
the two children were her's; the eldest was to their families, and shew us the quali
This romance was first put together pro-called Jereer, and the youngest Shiboob. ties and rights of the ruler, the father or bably from traditionary tales current at the Shedad visited her morning and evening ; head, the wife, the child, the slave, time, by Osmay, one of the eminent scho- and thus matters continued till she became through all the gradations of society in Raschid, and of his two learned successors
lars who adorned the Courts of Haroun-Al- pregnant; and when her time came, she its youth. Al.Amyn, and Al-Mamoun; and it still like an elephant, flat-nosed, blear-eyed,
brought forth a boy, black and swarthy Many parts, as might be expected, bear continues to be the principal source whence harsh-featured, shaggy-haired; the corners a strong resemblance to the historical the story-tellers of the Coffee-houses in of his lips hanging down, and the inner books of the Old Testament: the poetry Egypt, Syria, and Arabia, draw their most angles of his eyes bloated'; strong boned, also has its nearest parallels in that sacred interesting tales ; but notwithstanding its long footed; he was like a fragment of a volume, and in Ossian: but the roman general circulation in the Levant, the name cloud, his ears immensely long, and with tic nature of the work, leading into sia Europe, as that of the auihor of one of the eyes whence flashed sparks of fire. tuations different from any detailed in
This amiable infant was our friend seven poems suspended in the temple of the Bible or by the Scottish Bard, the re- Mecca, and from that circumstance called Antar : and semblance is often contrasted with a “ The Monllakat.”
When Zebeeba wished to wean him, he dissimilitude which gives the whole an There is reason to believe that this is the grumbled and growled exceedingly, and air of great novelty and originality. The first attempt to transpose into an European the corners of his eyes became fiery red, so contests are quite Homeric, though the language, a real Arabian story, depicting that he appeared like a mass of crimson modes of dealing death are far from the original manners of the Arabs of the blood; and this was his condition till he being so varied. Antar has, in truth, a
desert, uncorrupted by the artificial and was weaned. considerable sameness in his style of dis, in Syria, Egypt, and Persia. refined customs of the neighbouring cities
We are persuaded that babies take it posing of his enemies ;-—he cuts man and
The work sets out with an account of very ill to be weaned, especially if mushorse generally into four equal parts by the tribes of Ab and Adnan, and some
tard usurp the place of their sweet food, a stroke of his sword; or, by way of a of the wars of their kings the predeces- | (though we do not suspect the Arabs, or change, grasps his adversary, raises him sors of Zoheir, who was contemporary
even black Mrs. Zebeeba, of this Chrisaloft, and dashes him to atoms upon with Antar. This King married Te- tian refinement ;), but we never read so the earth : or he seizes one warrior by madhur, blooming as the dawning
forcible a description of dissatisfaction the heels, and hurling him against sun, and her forehead bright as its rays,
as this of Antar. Time flies ! another, destroys both at once. His
and her cheeks red as the piony, her Now Antar was becoming a big boy, and terms of reproach are also fewer and hair as black as night.” There is a little grew up, and used to accompany his mother more select than modern abuse or de matrimonial juggling between them, as to the pastures, and he watched the cattle; fiance would be contented with. Coward' he obtains her by a stratagem, and she and thus he continued to do till he increased -Dastard'-'Slave'-' Cuckold' and Son of a two thousand horned Cuckold' she secures herself an honourable dower; cles were strengthened, his frame altogerevenges herself by another, by which in stature. He used to walk and run about
to harden himself, till at length his musseem nearly to comprehend his vocabu
a matter of feminine pride in these days, ther more robust, and his bones more firm lary.
as it may be sometimes a matter of fe- and solid, and his speech correct. He then But we had better end our introduc- male solicitude even in our more liberal began to tyrannize over boys of the same tion, and let him speak for himself, only era. After this affair was settled to age, and to beat his brothers; and when premising, that the sequel of his history their mutual satisfaction, we must sup- he returned from the pastures, he amused is stated by the editor to have been not pose that they lived in harmony, for she himself with the servants and women; and yet received in England; and that, if we brought forth “ ten sons, all like lions, and whoever offended him he would thrash are rigutly informed, we owe the expe- and afterwards one daughter, Mooleje- with a stick, till he tortured him ; and all ditious appearance of what is published redah.”
the tribe were his enemies. His days were to a sharp race between Mr. Hamilton
And it was the custom among the Arabs, passed in roaming about the mountains' and a French scholar, who also got pos- that when a woman brought forth ten male sides, sometimes riding upon the dogs, by session of the Arabian treasure, and was I children, she should be called Moonejeba, I which he acquired courage and intrepidity;
and thus he went on till he attained his hcard what Antar said, he almost fainted occurs in this place,-he addresses the tenth year. One day he was wandering from indignation ; he met him, and struck slave as the son of an uncircumcised over the deserts with the flocks, and when him a blow over the face that nearly knocked mother”! One morning Antar, the sun was burning hot, he left his people out his eyes. Antar waited till he had reand climbed up a tree, and took shelter covered from the blow, and his senses re- till he came to a plain called the plain of
Went galloping in different directions from the heat, whilst the flocks grazed, turned; he then ran at the slave, and seiz- lions, and here were many ferocious aniand he watched them; when lo! a wolf ing him by one of the legs, threw him on his mals and wild beasts Here he let the catstarted from behind the trees and dispersed back. He thrust one hand under his thighs, tle graze, and Antar only came to this them. But Antar seeing how the animal and with the other he grasped his neck, valley, because he knew there was in it dispersed the herds, he descended and ran and raising him by the force of his arm, he abundance of grass of the height of a man. after him, till he overtook him, and struck dashed him against the ground. “And his Now not a servant of the whole tribe of Abs him with his staff between the eyes ; he length and breadth were all onc niade the oil of his brains fly out between When the deed was done his fury was un
mass. would ever enter or approach this valley, his ears, and slew him ;—he then cut off bis bounded, and he roared aloud even as a with lions and tigers. As soon as Antar
because it was very extensive, and filled head and his legs, and returned growling lion. like an angry lion.
found himself in it, he said to himself,
This action brought down upon him Perhaps I shall now find a lion, and I will After this glorious exploit our hero the vengeance of Shas, who would slay him. Thus, whilst the cattle were rode the horses, hurled his reed spear have slain him, had he not been pre- feeding, and he from a mound was looking at trees, and became wonderfully bold vented by his brother Malik, a good round on all sides, behold, a lion appeared and hardy, as he was of tremendous prince, who was thenceforward the in the middle of the valley; he stalked strength. warm and constant friend of Antar, in nostrils, and fire flashed from his eyes: the
about, and roared aloud : wide were his When a camel would stray away, he all the difficulties into which the hate of whole valley trembled at every gpash of his would cry out and make it stop, and he others or his own ungovernable temper fangs—he was a calamity, and his claws would struggle with and subdue the migh- plunged him. King Zoheir also parti- more terrific than the deadliest catastrophe tiest of the herds; and when he seized one cipated in this regard, and always pro- ---thunder pealed as he roared.yast, was by the tail, he tore it off; and when they tected Antar, as far as the limited autho- bis strength, and his force dreadful-broad resisted him, he would strike them on the back of the head, or tear open their moutlis; rity of an Arab sovereign allowed. But were his paws, and his head immense. As and thus he continued his feats till all the the great reward for this championing the soon as he appeared in the valley, the catservants were afraid of him, and every one,
cause of women, was the approbation of and the camels were dispersed to the right far and near, dreaded him,
his cousin Ibla, the daughter of Malik, and the left. No sooner did Antar This fine picture of savage nature does one of his father Shedad's brothers. ceive this extraordinary movement, than not, as it would in a civilized state, deThis
he descended into the valley, that he might note that the being thus acting was Ibla was younger than Antar, and a mer
observe what was the matter, brandishing vicious and devilish.
On the contrary, ry lass; she was lovely as tlie full moon, his sword. He there saw the lion, terrible in Antar was only the tyrant of matchless and perfectly beautiful and elegant. She his strength, and lashing his sides with his uncultivated powers : in his nature he frequently joked with Antar, and was very tail. Antar cried out to him, and the moun
tains re-echoed to the cry. Welcome, thou was virtuous, noble, and heroic, and, As soon as she came up to him on that day, father of lionsthou dog of the plains.com with the proper allowances for the habits of those with whom his lot was thou kill the slave of Prince Slias ? Who serts. Now then, thou wilt exert thy power cast, his disposition was generous and can now protect thee from him ?" Indeed, and thy
might, and thou wilt pride thyself humane. His next deed was one which my mistress, he replied, I did no more than in thy roar; for, no doubt, thou art the modid him honour, and had considerable he deserved, for he had insulted a poor
narch and ruler of the brute creation, and influence on his future life. Daji, a bul- wornan ; he threw her down and made the all obey thy commands—but, return to lying slave, belonging to Shas, the eldest servants laugh at her. Thou hast acted filth and contempt, thou meetest now no
most properly,” said Ibla, smiling, and son of King Zoheir, provoked his wrath,
ordinary inan. I deal death to the bravest, by taking possession of the water for knowest our mothers consider thee as their think, foul-mouthed beast, now about to
we are rejoiced that thou art safe, for thou and render children orplans. Dost thou his master's camels to use, and rudely son, and we look on thee as a brother, on
die, that thou canst frighten me with thy repelling all the poor who ventured to account of thy services.”
roar or alarm me with thy bellow? I will bring their cattle to drink. One forlorn
not condescend tu slay thee with an arrow old woman humbly solicite:l his permis
These words 'mistress' and 'servant' or a sword, but I will make thee drink of sion that her sheep might quench their are not to be understood accoru.com
warm to the cup of death from my single arm; and thirst: the phraseology of later times. Antar,
as he rushed towards him, he addressed As soon as Daji heard these words, (her by his birth, was a slave, and all his him in vcrse. petition) and perceived the crowd of women father's relations were in reality his
I am the far-famed lion, the warrior and men, his pride increased, and his ob- masters and mistresses. Nýtwithstand
whose exploits ever;" one fears on the day
of wars. stinacy was not to be moved, but he struck ing this difference of station, however,
I save, I 'protect the property of the woman on the stomach, and threw her Antar fell desperately in love with Ibla, wxlh the edge of my sword. Wher by
father Shedad, and I piinish the foe down on her back, and uncovered her and like another Cymon, resolved to de- Hand wields the scimitar on the day of boats nakedness, whilst all the slaves laughed at
will not particularize any other of thee in the all his limbs, and he could not endure the | By killing a slave of Rebia, the son of vicissitudes of fortune. I heed not death
vulgains sight. He ran up to the slave, and calling mean hon bor. You bastard,” said lie, whai Zeead, he provoked the lasting, hatred when I meet him, and I comprebench
what mean you by this disgusting action? Do of that chief, and incurred the sore di.s- will throw my sword out of my hand-away you dare to violate an Arab woman? May pleasure of his own father, in isomuch then with thee-and I will destroy there; God destroy your limbs
, and all that that he, with his brothers, join ed those thou dog of the desert, with my hane's consented to this act.” When the slave who sought his life. A curiou; s phrase | alone,”
Just at that moment Shedad and his bro- | read their prefaces and introductions one With hope of victory the contest held, him address the lion, and heard what he deceiving the finny tribes was bottomed 1 deeper wade, then plunge toward the shore; thers came up, to kill Antar. They saw would really think that the system of Till one, thro' loss of breath gave up the field. repeated: he sprung forward, and fell on
on some wonderful and recondite science, I splash and struggle hard, and float and sink, him like a hail storm, and hissed at him like a black serpent-he met the lion as he
more curious than alchemy, more grave Half suffocated ere I reach the brink. sprang, and outroared his bellow; then, than theology. We have ourselves been This oft repeated, and more buoyant grown,
Proud as a monarch seated on a throne, giving a dreadful shriek, he seized hold of fishers in our happier days, but never
I sail around, triumphant, and as vain his mouth with his hand, and wrenched it fancied while we filled our basket with As Conqueror of a new subdued domain. open to his shoulders, and he shouted aloud gasping prey, how learned and import- Ne'er will my heart forget the honest pride, -the valley and the country round echoed ant a study we were pursuing ;
Which filled it, when I thus the deep could ride. back the war: he stuck to him until he was we sure now, that if ever kind fortune
Thus Man adventurous on the stream of life, dead, and then dragged him by the legs permitted us again to dance the feathered Timid at first, afraid of jars and strite, some wood, he took out his Zanad (wood cheat over the surface of all-lovely Kicks— struggles-plunges-still more daring
And reaps experience e'en from fortune's blows; made a fire. He waited until it blazed; blessed with our knowledge than we Till rising gradually, 'bove frowns of fate, to make a light with,) struck a light, and Tweed, we should be one iota more he then ripped up the lion, took out the were in the delightful ignorance of care- He sails life's course towards a future state. entrails, and cut off his four legs, and less youth.
Such are the author's episodiacal meathrew them into the fire; and when he per
Attaching, however, as much weight sures. On the subject of ladies fishing ceived they were roasted, he took them out and ate thereof till he finished it ; he then to the subject as its advocates demand, he seems enthusiastic, as it affords so ran to a fountain and drank till he was
and meaning no disrespect to hunting, much delight to their male companions; satisfied; and having washed his mouth shooting, coney-catching, bat-fowling, but yet he cannot help giving the sex a and hands, he went to a shady tree, where or any other science which unites polite-sly hit occasionally. He speaks of he put the lion's head under his own as a ness and research, we are rather at a
the trout to gain, pillow, and wrapping up his head in a part loss to decide by what canon of criticism As woman ticklish and as woman vain! of his sleeve, he fell asleep. His father the work before us should be examined. And after this ungallant simile teaches and uncles were observing him and his The epic test seems due to its ten us how to catch them, videlicet the actions, and as they saw all he did, they cantos, and we are inclined to refer it to trouts, by Groping! A brief extract slave, said Zakmetool Jewad, has not bis the poetical code; but then its rules for will exemplify the more business parts equal; no one in his senses would engage catching Barbel, Bream, Pike, &c. are of the volume. It relates to the capture him. Malik also trembled. What shall so complete, that we are tempted on the of Carp, and in nothing else shall we we do with this wretch ? said he. Great other hand, to consider it as a philoso-prove ourselves carping critics. indeed has been the deed he has done; none phical work, and analyse its axioms for of us can harm him; he would soon destroy obtaining and cooking a good meal of Now let us change the scene--for sameness tires; us and tear out our entrails, or do as he has fish. Probably our readers will excuse Courage! my float wheels off-III-natured weed ! done with the lion. Let us return home, us if we do neither. We shall therefore There from my book a gallant tish was freed. said Shedad, our honour still remains safe ; we must find some other means to kill him only mention, that Walton's incom- Not so this Tench escapes—a dainty prize,
Welland's # famed stream ne'er fed a bulkier and accomplish our wishes. parable “Compleat Angler" has been
size. Not to encroach too much
advantageously consulted by our author, Again I seek the Carp; but lo! the light upon
who does not appear to have been ac- Colours the mountain top, avoid his sight; gle Number, we for this week take an unwilling leave of this singularly wild quainted with his only poetical prede- Lest your betraying shade before you run, and curious volume, but we are sure Jesuit, whose Latin versification was cessor on the art, Giannetazzi, the Italian Turn, like the Persian, to the rising sun.
Ha! Fortune smiles : he's look'd-a daring our readers will meet us again next highly celebrated, and who wrote two Keep now a bended rod, and hold him tight; Saturday with some interest for the con- volumes on Fishing and Navigation.
He wheels amain; he plunges to the mud, tinuation of the ADVENTURES OF ANTAR.
He floats - my net transports him from the Subjects of this sort are difficult to
flood. versify, and the present is as unequal in Full-sized, fair, plump, all goodly to behold, THE ANGLER: a Poem, in ten Cantos : its merits as if written by several ama
His scales bright glist' ning with bedropping gold! With proper Instructions in the Art, teurs. Piscatory pleasures are painted &c. &c. By Piscator. London 1819. with grand gusto, and not less is evinced without mentioning that this little volume
We ought not to conclude our notice 234.
in telling of the delicious modes of dress is beautifully printed, and that its ornaWe do not know why it is that the arting and devouring the produce of the of Angling is always spoken of by its vo- line and net, when appetites are sharp, head and tail-pieces to each canto are
are very finely engraved. The taries with more respect and reverence, ened by long fasting on the side of pond small wood-cuts, and their tasteful than any similar pastimes by those who or river. Kill and eat, is a favourite execution is worthy of the highest pane- are fond of them. The writers who motto. Occasional anecdotes enliven
gyric. give us precepts how to catch fish, talk the poetry, and instructive notes enforce much of the profoundness' of preceding the precepts of the Muse. We shall
* In Northamptonshire — famous for large
Tench. authors on that subject (no doubt they give an example of the verse. often
to the very bottom of the deep;) ori, in my youthful days, those days of joy! and of their extraordinary skill, not only whene'er a holiday rejoiced each boy,
The PRETENDER; Prince Charles - in skimming the surface of the matter, With beart devoid of every earthly care,
EDWARD STUART. as if they were fly-fishing, but in pro- There firsti, fearful, tried the treacherous wave, in reviewing this amusing work, we
From King's Anecdotes of his own Times. viding for every possible argument
In summer's heat content my limbs to lave; against their favourite pursuit, as if arIn mirthful mood dash'd o'er each playful mate
noticed the very extraordinary account of guments were trouts or gudgeons. To The show'r which he return'd; while both elate the Pretender which it contained, and