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ing the blessing, were, as might have been expected, uncommonly beautiful; but, in the countenance of the divine Redeemer, Angelica transcended her usual excellence, blending in it a combination of majesty and meekness, which must have been extremely difficult to represent. Majesty or dignity alone was comparatively easy to a mird like her's, accustomed to sublime ideas; meekness and humility still more so: but to unite these two characters with propriety required all the efforts of her genius.
At the request of an English gentleman of great respectability, in 1797 and 1798, Angelica painted several historical pictures, of which the most remarkable are accounted, the Discovery of Achilles at the Court of Lycomedes, and the portrait, as large as life, of the artist herself, between painting and music. But the public were still more indebted to the same gentleman for affording her the occasion of executing the picture of Religion, one of the largest and most complicated of her productions; and the history of this performance is too curious not to require some details.
In an age of false philosophy and extreme licentiousness it was the avowed design of Angelica to employ her pencil in promoting religion and virtue. The above-mentioned gentleman, whilst in Rome, being informed of the circumstance, had represented to her the sublime description of Religion and her lovely train, as given in a serion of the late Dr. Horne, bishop of Norwich, and had afterwards engaged her to compose for him a picture on that exalted theme. The
words of the amiable prelate, whilst describing the subject, will, in our conception, indirectly evince the merit of the picture. 66 Behold this delightful family, graced by one, in whose air reigns native dignity, and in whose countenance majesty and meekness sit, enthroned together. We acknowledge at once, the queen of heaven, fair Religion, with her lovely train; Faith, ever musing on the holy books ; Hope, resting on her sure anchor, and looking forwards to celestial joys; Charity, blessed with her several infants, thinking no ill of any one, and doing good to every one ; Repentance, with gleams of comfort, brightening a face of sorrow, like the sun shining through a watery cloud ; Devotion, with her eyes fixed on heaven; Patience, smiling at affliction ; Peace, encircled by an olive wreath, and nursing her gentle dove; and Joy, with an anthem book, singing an hallelujah.” It is almost unnecessary to add, that as in this sublime passage, so in the painting of Angelica, every christian virtue was completely characterized ; and it is sufficient to repeat what the artist herself said of it, in a letter to the proprietor in 1798: " I have the satisfaction to hear it approved by all those who see it; and even the French generals have bowed to your Religion."
These historical paintings were sent to England during the short interval of peace in 1802. They were shewn to the late Mr. Barry, who expressed his adıniration of them with the enthusiasm of genius blended with the judgment of a connoisseur.
HYMN TO HEALTH.*
A"ρατε μέ δέμας δρθάτε κάρα.
HITHER turn thee, rosy Maid !
With thy vivid, vermil hue,
Ah! let not Spring disclose in vain
Hand in hand let's skirt the mead,
• Written at Christ Church, in 1784; Ætat. 18. The author is supposed to have been the present Baron Smith, a distinguished literary and judicial character in Ireland,
Oxen, o'er the furrow'd soil,
On earth should dazzling summer brood,
ere it die.
And cling to every bending flower,
But thou, fair Health, thy aid impart;
BY CHARLOTTE RICHARDSON. Written in May, 1808, when under the pressure of severe distress.
MONTH after month its course has
E're shine on me.
Or midnight hour.
And chill'd my heart.
A short repose.
0! when will all these sorrows cease,
And be at rest?
Be still, my soul, with patience wait,
Is known to God..
And Him revere.
Shalt rest in peace.
To God on high.
LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION.
Mrs. Cappe is preparing for the press a complete history of the Life of Christ, as related by the four Evangelists; interweaving into one continued narrative their several accounts of the miracles performed in proof of his missiou, of his prophetic warnings, awful admonitions, moral precepts, and varions controversies with the Jewish rulers, terminating in his crucifixion, resurrection, and final remuneration. She has endeavoured to ascertain as nearly as possible the order of time in which these several discourses, and the extraordinary events which gave rise to them, took place, in the hope of exciting an increasing interest in the perusal of the sacred records, by exhibiting a more compre. hensive view of the whole ministry of Christ, and thereby throwing additional light on many exceedingly important and beautiful passages. The
whole is illustrated by a series of notes explanatory of eastern phraseology, of ancient customs, manners, opinions, and prejudices; formerly transcribed by the editor from the short-hand papers of her late husband, the Rev. Newcome Cappe. The work is divided into sections, and at the close of each section such prac. tical reflections deduced as naturally arise out of the subject.
Mr. C. A. Elton will shortly publish a translation, in English verse, of the Remains of Hesiod, the Ascræan; accompanied with a Dissertation on the Poetry and Mythology, the Life and Éra of Hesiod.
The author of " Letters from the Mountains," has a new work in the press.
Dr. E. Clarke, of Cambridge, is printing an account of his Travels in Russia, the Crimea, &c.
The second volume of Wool's Life of Dr. J. Warton is nearly ready for pub. lication.
Mr. Boothroyd is reprinting Bishop Newcome's Version of the Minor Prophets, with additional notes from Blaney and Horseley on Hosea.
The second volume of Mr. Chalmers's Caledonia is in the press.
Dr. Forbes, of Edinburgh, is engaged on a translation of Pliny's Natural His.. tory, with notes and illustrations, a life of the author, and a preliminary dissertation on the origin of natural history, and on its progress and gradual improvement from its infancy to its present state of comparative maturity. One great object of the translator will be to accommodate Pliny's description of animals, plants, and minerals, to the nomenclature of the Systema Naturæ Linnæi.