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TRANSITORY GRIEFS OF YOUTH.
A WISH FOR THE TIME.
which the great artist condescends to amuse his those social ills to which it supremely behores invention. Its sound is the thing described. the poet to apply his healing art, his “medicinal The vowels wind round each other like the en- gums." The idea, too, is thoroughly original. circling bits of ivory.
Mr. Tennyson's learned ladies have no affinity to the savantes or the precieuses. The matter
involved is altogether different. Few will be For I was young, and one To whom the shadow of all mischance but came
disposed to laugh at Lady Ida; rather, all will As night to him that sitting on a hill
be ready with allegiance. Various and abundSees the midsummer, midniglit, Norway sun, ant as Mr. Tennyson's raptures have been in Set inlo sunrise."
honor of the Claribels, and Lilians, and Isabels,
and Madelines, and Adelines, and Eleanores “I wish the old God of war himself were dead,
glorious as his dreams of fair women always are Forgotten, rusting on his iron hills,
- this poem in that respect surpasses all, and Rotting on some wild shore with ribs of wreck, outdoes his former outdoings.” The ladies should Or like an old-world mammoth bulk'd in ice, vote him a testimonial. We, men, look
beNot to be molten out.”
side them in the Princess. The College fails LOVE'S TEACHING.
but for a greater triumph, and the Palace of "I learnt more from her in a flash, Love that springs up in its place has far fairer Than if my brainpan were an empty hull, and more beautiful proportions. And every Muse tumbled a science in."
Still we say, what the poem contains is VILLAGERS IN THE GREAT MAN'S PARK.
greater than the poem itself. Why should Mr. “A herd of boys with clamor bowl'd Tennyson have thrown all this into a medley ? And the stump'd wicket; babies roll'd about He had something serious to say — why graft it Like tumbled fruit in grass; and men and maids
on burlesque ? Some modesty there may be, Arranged a country dance, and flew thro' light And shadow, while the twangling violin
but there is also some sense of weakness; and Struck up with Soldier-laddie, and overhead neither, in Mr. Tennyson, were called for. The broad ambrosial aisles of lofty lime
Eminently, in the manliness of his thoughts, in Made noise with bees and brecze from end to end."
the largeness of his view, and in his power of Now of the beauties of this new poem of clothing the familiar in our human passions Alfred Tennyson's, we think there cannot be a and affections “ with golden exhalations of the doubt after what we have quoted. Everywhere dawn," he is worthy to be the poet of our time. we have traces of the footsteps of a genuine Why does he not assume his mission? Why poet, of a man of true and fervid genius. The does he discredit it with trifling and with pueriliflowers and the fruits of poetry are scattered ties unworthy of him? The “set” for whom round in tropical profusion. Fitly, and with he too much writes at present, are not the world beautiful decision, the finest words fall into the for whom he should be writing. In the Princess aptest places. The structure of the verse follows we have more decisive evidence of his powers the thoughts as their echo. We have pictures for a sustained and solid exercise of poetry than in abundance, and in many styles. A severe has heretofore been given. But it is yet only simplicity sets off the wealthiest exuberance. an omen for the future. Its glorious promise The familiar and the lofty, the ideal and the has yet to be fulfilled. — Examiner. homely, the comic and the tragic, run side by side, obedient to a master's hand. There is also
Reynolds took the altitude of a man's taste character, nicely conceived, subtly drawn forth,
by his stories and his wit, and of his underand sustained with dramatic exactness. In short, standing by the remarks which he repeated, there is hardly an element of first-rate poetry
(he being a weak man who quotes common which is not contained in the Princess. Yet the question remains whether or not it is a great character of a man was found out by his amuse
things as oracles,) and observed that the real poem, and we fear the answer must be a nega- ments. Johnson agreed with him, and said, No tive. Mr. Tennyson has more than redeemed
man is a hypocrite in his pleasures. his reputation; has indeed materially advanced it; yet has failed to satisfy us. So exacting is a hearty admiration.
Some employments may be better than others; We take the philosophy of his work to be but there is no employment so bad as the having thoroughly sound, and not so superfluous as it none at all; the mind will contract rust, and an may seem to some. Several very thoughtful unfitness for every good thing; and a man must and subtle questions are opened up in it; many either fill up his time with good, or at least innotruths evolved that profoundly affect us in our cent business, or it will run to the worst sort of human relations; many that concern not a little waste - to sin and vice. — Burnet.
THE POUGH KEEPSIE SEER.
The Principles of Nature, her Divine Rev- nose and changing his chair. For ourselves, we
elations, and a Voice to Mankind. By wonder where serious inquiry is to end. We and through ANDREW Jackson Davis, cannot see how, because it is beyond us, we are the “ Poughkeepsie Seer” and “ Clair- to deride the use of the pocket handkerchief, voyant.”
when stars, shoulder blades, and drops of ink are
capable of doing such extraordinary things. We There is a question which has been frequently think to ourselves, — if we were in a fog which asked, — and never, to our knowledge, satisfac- prevented our seeing beyond our noses, and our torily answered. The circumstances of the time three companions were to assure us that a mile constantly revive it; and no sooner has it served off they could see, the first a steeple, the second one purpose than it is wanted for another. That a forest, and the third a river, it would puzzle question is, — What next?
us to know how they could decently laugh at the We hardly know which most to wonder at, - fourth who professed to espy a windmill. We the novelties of fact in our day, the novelties of get out of the carriage, however, and having opinion, or the adherence to old absurdity. We seen the astrologer walk off with his new friends, travel by an express train forty miles an hour; - against whom the stars had given him no – which one of our fellow-voyagers remarks is warning, — we determine to be very philosophirather slow. But even at this pace the news of cal the next time an opportunity offers. Nor our starting is almost instantaneously conveyed are we long without one; - for we find waiting to our destination: and, two minutes after, a for us the book which we now take in hand. message is carried which passes us at the rate of Well is it for us that we have received our lecsome hundred thousand miles in a second along ture from the astrologer, the mesmerist, and the a line of parallel wires. One of our companions wizard finder:- we might have been disposed is an astrologer; who, after making a comfortable to quiz, Heaven knows, if such a thing had come livelihood by telling fortunes from the stars, has in our way before the journey. But we take been tempted a little further by some malignant our whole lesson : and stand prepared for any planet, - and will find a couple of constables thing and every thing, - from a gambler's noswaiting for him. Another is a mesmerist; at tril to the stars in heaven, - from pitch and toss whose side is a little boy who reads Greek with to manslaughter. his shoulder blades, and gives directions how to Years ago, when religious excitement was cure complaints which he never heard of in stirred by the alarming state of politics which persons whom he never saw. A gentleman re- Mr. Hallam significantly alluded to as “the turning from Egypt, is going to tell his mother gathering in the heavens” and made one of his how a magician at Cairo described her, the fire- reasons for winding up his History of Literature, place, and the old Bible, by looking into a black the disturbance propagated itself in a portion drop: for which the old lady will censure him as of the community which calls itself the religious having dealt with those who have familiar spirits. world; - a phrase at which certain recollections An accident happens, and a poor man is left be- of the New Testament always make us smile. A hind to the care of a surgeon, who forthwith sect arose which took screaming to be evidence throws bim into a trance and takes off his leg as of the presence of the Holy Spirit: and there coolly as if he were a subject in the dissecting are numbers alive who firmly believed in that room, while he is dreaming of being in Paradise. presence and dignified unintelligible language During the journey, the astrologer, the mesmer- by the name of revelation. -- The minds of men ist, and the wizard-finder, discuss their experi- were then “curiously stirred as if by hot air," ences and delight us by their candor and philos- like the hair of Marley's ghost. If such things ophy. Nothing, they tell us, is so unworthy of could be in England, what might we look for a reasonable being as to reject what he cannot in America:— where the vagaries which are understand:— each has his unanswerable evi sure to exhibit themselves in countries that are dence for his miraculous narration. To be sure, both earnest and free are said to take stranger we are rather shocked by the shout of laughter forms than even among us; — where men dig up which they all three raise when an elderly man gospels, and separate themselves and retire into in the carriage, tempted by their professions of the roomy parts of the States that they may be indulgence for all inquiries and calm toleration founders of sects the distinctions of which make of apparent incredibilities, narrates how he Moravians and Quakers appear Roman Catholics always altered his luck at whist by blowing his slightly altered !-- The Union has now sent us
a new Swedenborg, – but not a man of acquired | says that “he possessed an inquiring mind, loved learning. He is to give us real revelations, de- books, especially controversial religious works, rived from his own spirit: no screaming nor which he always preferred, whenever he could unknown language, but information upon mind, borrow them and obtain leisure for their perusal. matter, and social life. An unlearned youth, Hence, he was indebted to his individual exerwho reached his twenty-first birth-day only while tions for some creditable advances which he his book of revelations — containing more bulk of made in knowledge. He became a good thinkmatter than the whole New Testament - was er.” This is much at variance with the Scribe's being printed, is to prove by his knowledge of account. what is known the genuineness of his inspiration In December, 1843, W. Levingston, a tailor as to what is not. He is to give us a mixture of of Poughkeepsie, was excited by certain lectures that which we can contradict if it be false with to try his power at mesmerizing. He succeeded that which we cannot either verify or contradict: with young Davis; made him become clairvoyand is to show us, by the impossibility of his ant, describe places he had never seen, read having acquired the former by any human with his eyes bandaged, &c. After some months, means, his claim to have the latter received with the latter resisted further experiments except for reverence if not with adoration. Nothing can some practical end, - declared that he could be fairer. There is something downright about cure diseases, - and was, we are informed, surit. The process of hundreds of mystics, who prisingly successful. The next step is too im. thought they copied the apostles when they de- portant to be conveyed in any words but those manded blind faith in something unintelligible, of the Scribe himself. — is wholly avoided, - and the plan of the apostles “ On the 7th of March, 1844, he fell, without themselves is imitated. Nor can we avoid notic- the assistance of the magnetic process, into a ing that it is so, — for a comparison is most obvi- strange abnormal state, during which phenomously challenged. The ignorant youth is assert ena occurred of the most surprising character. ed, by men of education, to have performed feats For the greater of the time during two days, he in their presence which, if there be neither im- seemed to be entirely insensible to all external posture nor delusion, prove intercourse with the things, and to live wholly in the interior world.
Possessing, however, an increased power over supernatural world :- unless, indeed, there be his physical system, he travelled a long distance natural means by which a'mind can communicate during this time without any apparent fatigue. with the stars. We proceed to describe the cir- It was during this extraordinary state of his cumstances of the case. These are set forth in mental and physical system that he received inan introduction signed by William Fishbough, formation of a very general character, of his
Scribe,” as he is called, of this Revelation. future and peculiar mission to the world. The Andrew Jackson Davis is stated to be the son
process by which this information was received,
with many other things of intense interest, shall of a poor shoemaker, now residing at Pough- be made public after questions by which the keepsie. He was born on the 11th of August phenomena may be rationalized shall have been 1826. “ The boy's school tuition was confined more thoroughly discussed on independent to about five months, during which time he grounds. By minds duly prepared, it may now learned to read imperfectly, to write a fair hand, be conceived on reading the portion of this and to do simple sums in arithmetic.” Our
volume which treats on the Spiritual Spheres.” readers will observe that this is very considerable Davis continued with Levingston from March, progress for five months; and it is essential to 1844, to August, 1845; during which period they remark this, because Davis is represented by his made medical excursions to Bridgeport and other Scribe as of very moderate talent. But to pro- places. In February, 1845, the two being at ceed. From early youth he was kept at manual Bridgeport, formed acquaintance with Dr. S. S. operations. He was never known to frequent Lyon, — who was afterwards selected by young public libraries, and was seldom known to take Davis as his revelation-mesmerizer. This Dr. up a book. His reading consisted at most of Silas Lyon is represented as then an unbeliever four or five hundred desultory pages of light in clairvoyance, subsequently convinced by matter. John Hinchman, an employer of bis Davis's case. The Scribe himself first met with father, E. C. Southwick and S. S. Lapham, res Davis at Poughkeepsie, in July, 1844. He idents of Poughkeepsie, I. Armstrong, under there, he declares, heard him when in the abnorwhom Davis himself worked as a shoemaker, mal state employ the technical terms of anatomy, and the Rev. A. R. Bartlett, formerly of Pough physiology, and materia medica, as familiarly as keepsie, testify to this effect:- but not all in household words. From "infallible indications the same degree. Mr. Hinchman testifies to an presented,” he “saw that there could be no col" inquiring disposition, which, however, was not lusion nor deception, and no such thing as reremarkable to a great extent;” and Mr. Bartlett Iceiving his impressions sympathetically from the
mind of the magnetizer.” — What manner of Theron R. Lapham resides at present at Poughman is this? The mesmerists, we know, are of keepsie, New York; and T. Lea Smith, M. D., opinion that there may be and are singular is in Bermuda.” communications between the minds of the mesmeric agent and patient. But we did not know named: but we are informed that “indiscrimi
There are twenty-three incidental witnesses that any one of them made it his boast to have nate admittance" " would have been as impracarrived at the infallible indications of the absence ticable as it was unnecessary.” Why so ? — Beof this communication. In May, 1845, the Scribe, being then at
cause “ the presence of persons whose "spheres' Bridgeport, learned that a series of " lectures
were uncongenial” always disturbed the revealer.
" Yet such applicants as were actuated by a and revelations” were about to be undertaken: but declares he had not the least idea of being their previous opinions were generally admitted,
supreme desire to know the truth irrespective of the reporter till thirty hours before their actual
to a number ranging from one to six, whether commencement.
they were believers or unbelievers in clairvoy“ About the first of the following August, Mr. ance.” How was it ascertained, we may ask, who Davis, while in the clairvoyant state, voluntarily was and who was not actuated by this “ supreme chose Dr. Lyon to be his magnetizer during the desire”? What were the “infallible indicadelivery of this book, this choice neither having tions”? been solicited nor in the least degree anticipated
The manuscripts, we are informed, by Dr. L., until it was announced. In obedience
were always open to the inspection of the curious, to the direction of the clairvoyant, Dr. Lyon - meaning, we suppose, the first manuscripts as immediately relinquished a remunerative and taken from the revealer's mouth. As to the increasing practice in Bridgeport, and removed shape in which they come to us, we have the to New York, in which city the clairvoyant de- following information. cided that the revelations should be delivered. The object of so early a removal to that city was, “ The time occupied in the delivery of a lecto establish, before the lectures commenced, a ture varied from forty minutes to about four medical practice that might in some measure hours, and the quantity of matter delivered at a assist in sustaining them while said lectures were sitting varied from three to fifteen pages of in progress.”
foolscap closely written. There were one hun
dred and fifty-seven lectures in all, the first This paragraph is significant. It connects the being delivered November 28, 1845, and the revelations with the removal of Dr. Lyon from last (viz., the address to the world,' which Bridgeport to establish himself in New York. comes first in the book) was delivered on the One of the explanations of the whole phenome- 25th of January, 1847.' On closing the address non bangs upon this sentence, - and one which
to the world, the author immediately proceeded must undergo discussion. — We will now make of the manuscripts, and the preparation of the
to give general directions as to the corrections another extract. It is one proof, we presume, of work for the press. These directions (preserved the revelation, that its apostles were one after in writing and subscribed by a witness) I have another found to obey the first call. –
scrupulously followed to the best of my ability.
With the exception of striking out a few senten“ On the 27th of November, 1845, residing at ces and supplying others, according to directhe time in New Haven, Connecticut, we re- tion, I have only found it necessary to correct ceived per mail a note from Dr. Lyon, stating the grammar, to prune out verbal redundancies, that we had been appointed by Mr. Davis, while and to clarify such sentences as would to the in the clairvoyant state, as the scribe to report general reader appear obscure. All ideas have and prepare for the press his lectures, which been most scrupulously preserved, and great were to commence immediately, This appoint- care has been taken to give them to the reader ment was entirely unsolicited (we will not say in the precise aspect in which they appeared undesired) by ourself; and so far from anticipat- when received from the speaker. We have, ing such an honor, we were then busily engaged also, conscientiously abstained from adding any in making arrangements to remove to Massachu- ideas of our own. Also all comparisons, and setts. The next day, however, we embarked for technical and foreign terms and phrases, and all New York, and in the evening wrote Mr. Davis's peculiarities of expression, are exclusively the first lecture at his dictation - subsequently speaker's. When we have found it necessary to agreeing to write and prepare the whole for the reconstruct sentences, we have employed, as far press. Before Mr. Davis commenced his lec as possible, only the verbal materials found in tures, he voluntarily, while in the abnormal the sentence as it first stood, preserving the state, chose the three witnesses mentioned in his peculiarities of style and mode of expression. address to the world, to be present as their cir- The arrangement of the work is the same as cumstances would allow, at the delivery of the when delivered, except that in three instances lectures, in order to be able to testify of the contiguous paragraphs have been transposed for medium through which they were given. Rev. the sake of a closer connexion. With these unJ. N. Parker has since removed to Boston; l important qualifications, the work may be con
sidered as paragraph for paragraph, sentence for it left itself imperfect when it failed to do so. sentence, and word for word, as it was delivered The first thing which he has to do who delivers by the author."
to us a strange and incredible message, is to Mr. Chapman, the English publisher, who Let him confess to alteration in any sense or
prove beyond cavil the integrity of his report. seems to be a believer (to the extent, at least, of strongly inclining to the opinion of a spiritual destroyed. Who knows to what extent of per
degree, and the authenticity of the document is agency), and who has written a recommendatory version the corrective instrument may have been preface, cites one more witness, Prof. George used by him who thought it lawful to use it at Bush, of New York, — whose name is known in all? In all translations we are nearly sure to this country. This gentleman, in a letter to the have something of the translator himself
. We New York Tribune, dated September 1, 1847, have no notion of the uninspired Scribe correctwrites as follows:
ing the inspired instructor. We can have no " From a careful study of the whole matter, confidence, under such circumstances, that some from its inception to its completion, I am perfect of the inspiration itself may not be Mr. Fish!y satisfied that the work is the production of an bough's own — and have an earthly origin. ignorant young man, utterly and absolutely in- When he talks of omitting sentences and supplycompetent, in his natural state, to the utterances ing others, our faith in the genuineness of the it embodies
. I have not a shadow of doubt that message is gone. The Scribe assures us that he it was given forth by him in a peculiar abnormal has given us the author's ideas ; — since he chose state, for some portions of it I heard with my
to alter his words, we can have no assurance of own ears, and can testify that what I now read printed accurately corresponds to what I have any such thing. This is an unfortunate defect heard spoken."
in the evidence — and comes of the higher intel
ligences not knowing American grammar. Mr. We presume that by “accurate correspond- Davis's spiritual instructors seem to bave had the ence” Mr. Bush does not mean absolute verbal power of teaching him every thing but syntax. agreement. It would have been much to the There is one other curious consideration atpurpose if Mr. Bush had given us reference to tending the forms — not the mere syntax - of those portions ; for much of the book might have this Revelation. Suppose the Supreme Governbeen spoken without miracle, though not without or of the Universe should choose to make a matter of surprise, by a dreamy young man who communication to the world, by the mouth of a had read some controversial theology. Let our child in years or a child in knowledge — an inreader distinctly understand that we do not, on fant or a Poughkeepsie Seer - it is scarcely any supposition, regard this book and the pro- probable that such communications should bear ceedings attending it as commonplace or easily the mark of second-hand. The message would explained. Be it fraud, delusion, or mixture, have the freshness of its origin upon it- the be it mesmerism or newly-invented communica- Almighty would not have needed to borrow tion with the spiritual world, or downright reve- from Fichte. A divine revelation would not lations, - be it any one of these, or any thing have been indebted to a German philosopher for else, it is very curions. As soon as the right its matter and an American Scribe for its name is found for it, we will be the first to call mar. Our “young men” need not “dream it, of that name, extraordinary — very extraor- dreams” to learn what has long been familiarly dinary.
taught — nor our visionaries travel beyond the We shall proceed next week to the · Revela- stars to read Fichte! These absurdities lie on tion' itself- and our comment thereon ; and the very surface of this matter — and the bearconfine ourselves for the present to one or two ing them in mind will make our plunge into the preliminary remarks on a portion of the evidence mysteries of the Revelation itself, next week, the on which, as above quoted, the revelation is made less bewildering. — Athenæum. to rest. It is most unfortunate for the Scribe who has a document so extraordinary as this to offer for our acceptance, that he should have SUPERFINE PROOFS. - A Proof of Kind. been compelled to admit any tampering with its ness. — Getting any one to accept an Art-Union terms at all. That a seer “commercing" with | engraving. all the mysteries of Nature should have needed A Proof of Gratitude. — Getting a person, an editor in this technical sense is remarkable not only to accept one, but actually to say enough. It might have been supposed that the “thank you,” and afterwards to frame it. Revelation which brought to an uneducated man A Proof of the latter is exceedingly rare, the secrets of Science might have brought him and would, we are confident, fetch a very high grammar, too, to express them in. At any rate, | price amongst connoisseurs. - Punch.