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The fifth is the protophonetic system. This is still more curious. According to it, in a system of English hieroglyphical writing, the likeness of a cat would stand for the letter C, because the word begins by the same letter*. The two last mentioned systems act a principal part in the interpretations devised by Dr. Young and M. Champollion.
The sixth and latest system is that of Messrs. Spohn and Seyffarth. According to this system, the hieroglyphics are neither more nor less than embellished characters of an alphabet used by the priests, just as we have an elegant alphabet, of which the characters present select views in Great Britain, and several curiosities of the same kind, published, we believe, by Mr. Harris, St. Paul's Churchyard. Professor Seyffarth is of opinion, that the alphabet in question consists of 6000 characters, of which he modestly states, that 3000 only have yet been ascertained.
We strongly recommend to our readers, to examine the specimens in the eighth and ninth rooms of the British Museum, and, in Christian charity, to give Professor Seyffarth their assistance in ascertaining the remaining three thousand characters of his alphabet. As to ourselves, we confess, that we have been put in mind of rather a ludicrous scene in one of Kotzebue's plays. A village schoolmaster examines his flock in geography. “ Hans, which is the exact height of Mount “ Sinai)” Sir, I believe ten thousand feet. “You're an ignoramus, “ Hans, and shall be flogged for it. Michel, can you tell ?".--"No, sir, “ I can't tell.” “ That's as bad. Heiner, can you ? ” Why, sir, nobody can tell."
" That's a good boy. Why, to be sure, nobody can tell “ how high Mount Sinai is. Could not you have known that before, “ you blockheads ?"
THOU IIAST SAID MY LOVE WAS ALL A DREAM.
A DREAM AT THE LONDON DEBATING SOCIBTY. I went the other day into the London Debating Society, where I sat some time listening to the speakers. The subject under discussion was, which form of government was best, and whether the alterations which ours had received since its first institution had much contributed to its improvement. The debate was conducted with great warmth on both sides, but, whether it was that an unusual drowsiness overtook me, or that the subject interested me but little, I fell asleep in the midst of it, and was entertained with as extravagant a dream as ever possessed the imagination of an enthusiast.
I was standing in the most lovely plain that eye ever dwelt upon. It was for the most part level, though occasionally varied with gentle inequalities, which rose and subsided like the undulations of a calm
Lawns were enamelled with silken flowers. Harvests raised their heads as if in pride of springing from such a favored territory. The trees were besprinkled with gold. Streams sparkled in meanders. The bounties of nature had been poured forth, and the hand of art employed; and each seemed to vie for superiority, in the land which both variegated. I heard the song of labor, and the laugh of merriment. Universal happiness wooed the sight. Aromatic gales breathed repose upon the soul; and I felt every emotion of pleasure.
As I was enjoying myself in this delicious spot, my attention was diverted to a Vehicle of so curious a fashion, that it was unlike any thing I had ever seen before. It was low at one end, but rose gradually towards the other, until it had attained a considerable elevation, when it suddenly shot upwards to a pinnacle, which fell from behind in a precipice. The Vehicle must have been the work of several centuries, as it was constructed in various styles of building, according to the tastes of different ages, which formed an odd contrast to each other. The body was chiefly Saxon, with a little mixture of Gothic, and the wheels it turned upon, which were very wide and strong, were of the same architecture. The other parts of it were more modern and ornamental; but, notwithstanding the beauty of some of them, and the art by which they were constructed, I could not help fancying they were somewhat tinselly, and on no account worthy of an unison with the rough and stately grandeur of the body. Though antiquity, novelty, elegance, and uncouthness, were thus fantastically intermingled, and wrought into a motley group, the Vehicle, upon the whole, was wonderfully imposing. It was, perhaps, the more so from a sort of indistinctness; and, like the figure of Death in Milton, was carried further into the sublime, by the imagination being left at liberty to wander into conjectures about it.
What seem'd his head,
Upon a further view, I perceived that it had many inhabitants, who were so disposed in it, that a numerous body stood conspicuously at one end; a smaller in the middle; and upon the pinnacle a single person only. I concluded that these had the guidance of it, but I was unable to see distinctly, as the Vehicle was often ensbrouded in a cloud of dust.
The Vehicle rolled heavily and slowly, though with more ease than I should have imagined in so ponderous a machine, along a road which was exactly suited to it, and which, after winding in every possible way, bent its principal course by a wall that was drawu all round the Plain.
As I kept looking at the Vehicle, it appeared sometimes to flag, sometimes to be on the point of stopping, and sometimes to go backwards : but that seeming irregularity in its progress might have been owing, either to my not clearly making out which was its front or back; or to a delusion that arose in me from its inscrutable nature, or to some other cause which I cannot trace; as the road being every where uniform and even, could have presented no obstruction to its movements.
It struck me that, whenever the Vehicle was unsteady in its motion, a sickly hue overspread the Plain. A remarkable figure was walking up and down the Plain, with
the Vehicle. Its countenance was mild, cheerful, and forbearing, but had a little tincture of suspicion, and was strongly expressive' of determination. I saw a sheathed sword by its side.
Upon the wall there were two figures very unlike each other, and yet living in friendship. Both fixed their eyes on the figure in the Plain, as that fixed its eyes on the Vehicle. One was erect, haughty, and magnificently dressed in lace and armour : the other was mean and prying in its look, was coarsely clad, and often lay down and fell, or pretended to fall, asleep; though, when it walked briskly about, it appeared to be very powerful, and even to intimidate its companion. I thought the splendid figure was glad when this seemed inclined to sleep.
After gazing a length of time with astonishment upon the Vehicle, the Plain, the Wall, and the Figures, I began to regret I did not understand the meaning of thein, when my notice was attracted to a little man, who came strutting towards me with a fierce cock of his hat, and a face of prodigious consequence. "Shall I explain what “ you are looking at?” said he, introducing himself without further preface. I should be much obliged to you," said I," but I should “ like, first of all, to know who you are, and how you are qualified to “ give me the information I desire?" I am the spirit of a Patriot," said he proudly : “when I was in the House, I was well known,"continued he smiling; now my name only remains---you must have “heard it---it is---" “I never did," said I. “How !" exclaimed the little man, recoiling a dozen steps, as if planet-struck, " 'tis impossible “that I should be so soon forgotten---I who brought in a bill
, and “ made a motion on," I thought," said I,
you were about to “ explain to me the sight before us.” “I forgot I was dead," said the little man, " but you will forgive a little enthusiasm upon a particu
" lar subject, as well as a little indignation at virtue being so evan“ escent on earth. Attend.
“The Vehicle you see is the Chariot of Government. The Plain “ around you is called Liberty---and the Wall is the boundary of it. “ The figure which stands upon the Plain, and eyes the Vehicle so “ steadfastly, is · Obedience.' Those
the Wall are' Army' and «• Police : it is needless to point them out separately, as they are “sufficiently distinguished by their dress. On the other side of the " Wall is an extensive territory, abounding in hideous figures, which so wander continually up and down, and watch every opportunity of " the Wall being neglected, to pass over it into this Plain. One is “ named · Invasion,' whom you will easily know by his furious and “ blustering look; as you will Licentiousness,' by his mad, drunken, “ and sometimes placid demeanor.
“ As I intend showing you the Vehicle, the Plain, and the Wall, as they were originally, with the alterations that have been made in “them, I shorten my description of those monsters beyond the Wall, “ because, being principal actors, they will often appear before your
eyes. Look steadfastly, and clear your memory, for the occur
rences of many centuries will pass by you with rapidity, and your “ quickest sight will be able to catch a glimpse only of those which are the most material.
“ What if my sight is too dull ?” said I. “Oh!" replied the little man,
“I will open your eyes in a twinkling---your's are not the first eyes I have opened, believe me. When I was in the House"
May I ask any questions?" said I---“ As few as you can,” said the little man.
The little man then flourished a stick he held in his hand, when so magic a change pervaded every thing, that it was long ere I could be persuaded that the objects presented to me were the same as I had been before contemplating. Barrenness usurped the place of Verdure, which faded away; the Plain became rough and desolate, and, like the flood under the influence of the wind, shrunk to a scanty size ; and the Vehicle, an enormous, awkward, illjoined, rickety fabric, tottered alony, under the weight of a confused horde of people, like an old man who is scarcely able to support his steps. There being no road at this time marked out to confine the progress of the Vehicle within a certain boundary, it rolled, now here, and now there, in various directions, groaning most piteously at every jolt it received from the unevenness of the Plain,
Presently the face of Obedience was wrinkled into a frown--savageness sat upon it: it uttered a dreadful yell, and flashed its sword against the Vehicle. The little inan here whispered me that “ Obedience" had become “ Rebellion."
“ Army," who, from the Wall, had been some time regarding “Rebellion” with a look of eagerness and ferocity, now rushed to attack it, and when it had succeeded in driving it away, hastened to assault the Vehicle. “ luvasion” too, accompanied by " Licentiousness, crossed the Wall, where it was left unprotected, and, either encountering Army and overpowering it, or leaguing itself to Army, over. turned the Vehicle, which fell into pieces froin the shock.
The people who dwelt in the Vehicle built seven smaller ones from its ruins; but they were so weak and incommodious, as to contain each a single person only; so that the greatest part of the people were compelled to stay upon the Plain. The smaller Vehicles being speedily dissolved, either by the same causes as had destroyed their predecessor, or by frequently running against, and shattering each other, another was erected of a shape altogether new. It was amazingly lofty and capacious, though but one guide sat in it. It was roughly hewn, and without any decoration or finery, but was so solid and strong that it lasted many ages. A road was made for it. “ Rebellion," and the monsters on the other side of the Wall, often attacked it, though it as often repelled them; but they sometimes were successful in dislodging its conductor, though they could not demolish the Vehicle.
I had long observed in the Plain an edifice that was much taller than the Vehicle, but, as it had continued immoveable, and had not been interfered with during any of the commotions, I had taken little notice of it. It was clothed in scarlet, was rich and gaudy in the extreme, and of a shape which I confess myself unable to describe. I saw painted on it, 'fires, and racks, and daggers, and other instruments of torture and violence, with crusts of bread and wafers; and in the midst of this strange medley, engraven in capital letters, words too blasphemous to be cited. There were in it a number of lazy, fat, luxurious men, who did nothing but eat, drink, and sleep, and who never exerted themselves but in striving who should kiss oftenest a prodigious toe, which was cushioned on a prodigious eminence. At one time, as my eyes were turned towards the edifice, I fancied I saw " Licentiousness” creep up its sides; but, perhaps, my sight deceived me in that particular, as the edifice lay at a great distance, and as I never saw “ Licen“ tiousness” creep out again. Of a sudden, it shook off its lethargy, and rushed along the road where the Vehicle was moving in the opposite direction. The two often met, and the Vehicle being always forced upon the Plain, was so disordered by the roughness of it, together with the shocks which it received from the edifice, that it was well nigh falling to pieces. The conductor, growing at last sensible of the danger of remaining in so lofty and so tottering a fabric, sloped it from the foot of the pinnacle to the ground, to give it a better foundation; and then, in order, I imagined, to balance the parts, disposed in it, as I had seen at first, the people who had lived on the Plain ever since the crumbling to pieces of the original Vehicle. It was now so strong, that it purposely encountered the edifice, and, at one blow, dashed it to atoms.
Pray,” said I to the little man,“ what is this edifice called ?" “ Popery," said he. " Where did it come from ?" said I. “ Devil only knows,” replied the little man: “it crept piece-meal into “ the Plain, at the time of the seven Vehicles, and was cemented “ into the form, and built up to the height you witnessed, by those “ who dwelt in it." “ What!” said I, in amazement, “ did those “ slothful people erect of themselves so stately a structure? It ap