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these,--we could buy them cheaper ry other respect, and who are so fond of than we could make them.
praise, that they are wont to laud themLabour, both mental and manual, has selves on the slightest pretences, should been in too great demand, heretofore, in be willing to waive an undoubted right, this country, to permit us to weave and acquiesce in a charge of inferiority either poetry or cambric to advantage. in a particular, where degradation is Any man whose education and talents most galling to pride. We trust that our qualified him for authorship, could ob- countrymen will not, always, so undertain a more lucrative employment; and value their privileges and debase their there were few among us who could af- understandings. ford to make sacrifices to inclination. If under all these disheartening cir
Even now, when the professions are cumstances, native genius still rears its crowded, and there are surplus talents crest, we may imagine what it would that may be purchased at a reasonable achieve under more encouraging auspiprice, nobody is willing to bid for them, ces. The poem before us gives indu-and why? We observed that books, bilable indications of poetic talent, like most other manufactures, might be which it requires only the ray of paimported cheaper than they could be tronage to mature to excellence. In wrought ;---this is emphatically true, vigour of fancy, richness of imagery, though the analogy does not strictly hold, and fertility of allusion, it is surpassed by for we pay nothing for foreign literature, the productions of no cotemporary bard; --that is to say, and it would seem rather whilst in chasteness of style, and purity paradoxical without this explanation, of sentiment, it forms a striking and our booksellers pay nothing for the copy- honourable contrast with the polluted right of foreign publications,-and, of taste and prostituted morals of the pocourse, our own writers can never fairly pular poetry of the age. enter into competition with foreigners, The “ Airs of Palestine,” we are inin fancy articles, till they can afford to formed by the author, in an introduction. offer their commodities on equally ac- of some length and much interest,“ is commodating terms. Yet even in that intended purely and exclusively as a event, we doubt whether disinterested religious poem.” The connexion belove of fame be as powerful a stimulus tween poetry and religion, was as earas the sordid love of gold ; though no ly as we have any evidences of the doubt a much more honourable source existence of either; and the best inte. of inspiration.
rests of both bave suffered from their But even this meed is grudgingly be. severance. We rejoice that the muse slowed. We have so accustomed our. is returning to her first love, and hope selves to read English books, that that no rude hand may hereafter violate bave adopted English prejudices; and their union. Let us not be misunderare ready to join in a sneer at any stood ; we do not wish to check her attempt towards literary independence. cheerfulness, nor to inhibit her gambols; It is a little extraordinary that a people —we would make her the sister, and pho are so jealous of their fame in ere. not the slaye of virtue. The subject of
this poem is “Sacred Music ;' and to See, there Parnassus lifts his head of snow ;
See at his foot, the cool Cephissus flow ; trace the affinity between the exaltation. There Ossa rises ; there Olympus towers ;
Between them, Tempe breathes jo beds of produced by sublime strains of solemn
flowers, harmony and the fervour of devotional Forever verdant;
and there Peneus glides
Through laurels whispering on his shady sides. feeling, and hence to infer its appro. Your theme is music : - Yonder rolls the wave,
Where dolphins snatch'd Arion from his grave, priateness as an accompaniment to so. Enchanted by his lyre :-Citheron's shade cial worship, is, apparently, the design Those potent airs, that from the yielding earth, of the poet; in the prosecution of Charm d stones around him, and gave cities birth. which he adduces many apt and forcible O'er golden sands, and still for Orpheus weeps, illustrations from sacred history, and Whose gory head, borne by the stream along,
Was still melodious, and expired in song: the volume of nature.
There Nereids sing, and Triton winds his shell ;
There be thy path-for there the Muses dwell. The poem commences with the con
No, -a lonelier, lovelier path be mine : fusion of language on the destruction of Greece and her charms I leave, for Palestine.
There, purer streams through bappier valleys the tower of Babel. Yet we are told tlow,
And sweeter flowers on holier mountains blow. that in this general wreck,
I love to breathe where Gilead sbeds her balm ; • All was not lost, though busy Discord Aung
I love to walk on Jordan's banks of palm; Repulsive accents, from each jarring tongue ;
I love to wet my feet on Hermon's dews; All was not lost; for Love one tie had twin'd,
I love the promptings of Isaiah's muse :
In Carmel's holy grols, I'll court repose, And Mercy dropp'd it, to connect mankind : One tie, that winds, with soft and sweet control, And deck my mossy couch, with Sharpa's death. Its silken fibres round the yielding soul; Binds man to man, sooths Passion's wildest strife,
The description of David's deliveAnd, through the mazy labyrinths of life, Supplies a faithful clue, to lead the lone rance of Saul, by the magic of his lyre, And weary wanderers, to his Father's throne. That tie is Music.
from the enchantment of the evil spirit, Our limits will not allow us to attempt
is highly animated, and contains a fana delineation of the plan of the poem.
ciful and original suggestion. We must content ourselves with pre..
* As the young harper tries each quivering
wire, senting to the reader some detached It leaps and sparkles with prophetic
fire, pietures. After celebrating the empire of And, with the kindling song, the kindling rays musicover brute instinct,-its sovereign. Till the whole hall, like those blest fields above,
Glows with the light of melody and love. ty over the soul, the poet proceeds, Soon as the foaming demon hears the psalm,
Heaven on his memory bursts, and Eden's balma, To her, Religion owes her holiest flame :
He sees the dawnings of too bright a sky; Her eye looks heaven-ward, for from heaven she Detects the angel, in the poet's eye;
With grasp convulsive, rends his matted hair; And when Religion's mild and genial ray, Through his strain'd eye-balls shoots a fiend-like Around the frozen heart, begins to play,
glare; Music's soft breath falls on the quivering light ; And flies, with sbrieks of agony, that hall, The fire is kindled, and the flame is bright; The throne of Israel, and the breast of Saul ; : And that cold mass, by either power assail'd, Exild to roant, or, in infernal pains, Is warm'd-made liquid-and to heav’n exhald.' To seek a refuge from that shepherd's strains.
He cannot refrain from glancing, as But were we to copy every thing be passes, at the poetic traditions of that pleases us, we should extend our classic mythology.
extracts beyond the bounds we have • Where lies our path ?--though many a vista prescribed to ourselves. Yet we do call,
not consider the performance perfect, We may adraire, but cannot tread them all. Where lies our path ?-a poet, and inquire even in reference to its object; much What hills, what vales, what streams become the lyre !
Jess would we assign to it a rank to, Vol. I, No. 1.
which it does not aspire. It possesses Displays his purple robe, his bosom gory,
His crown of thorns, his cross, his future glory; great merit; but we value it more for And, while the group, each hallowed accent what it promises to hope, than for what on pilgrim's stat, in pensive posture leaning it yields to fruition. We trust that this Their reverend beards, that sweep their bosoms, essay will meet with such a reception With the chill dews of shady Olivetas to induce the author to give scope
Wonder and weep, they pour the song of sorto his imagination in some undertaking With their lov'd Lord, whose death shall shroud
the morrow.' equally worthy of his genius, and more
There are, too, some instances of commensurate with bis powers.
verbal alliteration that we cannot apWe have but one specific objection prove. This is an ornament that should to the "Airs of Palestine'-it annoys be used sparingly ; us with the frequent recurrence of dou- «The cross is crumbled, and the crosier crush’d, ble rhymes. In our opinion, they is, we think, carrying it a little too far, never consist with the dignity of heroic though it is, generally, applied with verse, but, at any rate, should not be judgment and effect. brought into such proximity, as pains It is worthy, however, of particular the ear in the following lines.
remark and commendation, in these
slovenly times, that there is not a false "There, in dark bowers imbosomed, Jesus flings His hand celestial o'er prophetic strings;
quantity or rhyme in the whole poem.
ART. 5. A Sketch of the Life and Character of President Dwight, delivered as an
Eulogium, before the Academic Body of Yale College, by Benjamin Silliman,
Chem. Min. and Phar. Prof. New-Haven. Maltby, Goldsmith & Co. IN N the death of Dr. Dwight, the world His reputation as a writer may not, in
has sustained a loss to wbich it is rarely deed, be enhanced by the present per, exposed,
---that of a great and good man. formance ; but he has shown his good The Eulogy before us, is one of the many sense in not aiming, in a production of expressions of grief and affection ex- this nature, at a display of his rhetorical cited by this calamitous event through- powers. He has adhered, with laudable out our country. Professor Silliman, fidelity, to the discharge of the duty from his collegiate connexion and perso- assigned him, without diving into nal intimacy with the deceased, enjoyed pathos, or straggling into sublimity. an opportunity, which he knew both It is so rarely that we see either an how to appreciate and to improve, oration, or an address, written with any of becoming acquainted with the events degree of modesty or appropriateness, of his life, and of analyzing his character. that we cannot withhold the acknowHe bas acquitted himself creditably in ledgment of our obligation to Professor this attempt to exhibit a sketch of both. Silliman, for his signal forbearance on He has presented us with an interesting an occasion where his feelings were so outline of the history, and a just esti- likely to have triumphed over his mate of the moral and literary merits of judgment. We hope that this commenthe distinguished subject of his Memoir. dable observance of decorum will be generally imitated, and that, hereafter, and, while he strenuously supported the remains of departed worth will be the dignity of the government, he, in either quietly inurn’d,' or deplored in connexion with his distinguished coad
jutors, * overthrew the dominion of a manner not to aggravate afflictioa.
false taste, both in composition and We shall avail ourselves of Professor elocution, and, a standard both of poetry Silliman's execution of a task we should, and prose, pure, classical, and dignified, otherwise, have undertaken ourselves, was established. and sball offer no apology to the reader thor's most considerable poetical work,
• The Conquest OF CANAAN, the aufor the length of our extracts from so was commenced at the age of nineinteresting a biography. We have co- teen, and finished during his residence pied no more of it, however, than was
here as a tutor, the greater part of absolutely necessary to make the narra
which period it, in some degree, occu.
pied. His mind must, therefore, bave tive continuous.
been much employed, in poetical stu• Dr. Dwight was born at Northamp- dies, at the very time when he was ton on the 14th of May, 1752. using every effort to promote a just
• The earliest indications of his child- taste in fine writing. bood were those of talent and supe- It appears that Mr. Dwight was adriority. From the age of four years, mitted a member of the College Church, wben instructed chiefly by maternal in 1774, at the age of twenty-three. care, he was able to read fuently in • It is worthy of commemoration that the Bible, the proofs of bis intellectual President Dwight was, from early life, a superioriiy became more and more lover of sacred music: he even culti. evident;-and, it may with truth be vated it as a science, and several ansaid, that, during sixty years, be con- thems, and other musical compositions, stantly excited and gratified tbe most executed while he was a tutor, and at ardent hopes, and deserved and com- various subsequent periods of bis life, manded the most active esteem and ad- have received a general adoption in miration.
our sacred assemblies. His vocal pow. • This College enjoys the honour of ers were also superior, and he took having given bim his academic educa- much delight in joining in this part of tion, which, at the early age of seven- public worship. teen, he completed; and such was the He composed an anthem, adapted maturity and promise of his character, to Dr. Waits' version of the xcii. that at nineteen he entered on the re. Psalm ; and, it may not be improper to sponsible duties of a tutor.
mention, even in this serious connexion, * From the year 1765, to 1770, that he composed music for several of vigorous exertions had been made, by bis smaller poetical productions. The several superior men in the government, patriotism of his countrymen, during to raise the standard of moral senti- the American Revolution, was not a ment and manners, to invigorate relax- little excited by his muse and by bis ed discipline, and to create a good rhe- lyre; adapted, in some cases, to the torical taste among the students. tone of cultivated minds, and, in others,
• Their efforts, made under circum- to the less refined taste of the soldiery. stances peculiarly inauspicious, were • At the close of his tutorial career, in still, in some good degree, successful. 1777, Mr. Dwight, who was an ardent No efforts could bave been more con- lover of his country, and a devoted sonant to the views of our departed friend to its liberties, went into the head. On his accession, to the office army, as chaplain, in the brigade of of tutor, in 1771, he entered into, and General Parsons, and division of Geseconded them, with his whole heart ; Trumbull, Humphreys, and others.
neral Putnam. The year which he at Northampton, bis talents were called spent in the army, as it brought him into action in the sphere of political into a scene entirely new ;-into per- life. In the year 1782, be served the sonal contact with many of the great citizens of that town, as their represenactors in that eventful period; and tative, in the General Court of the with all the varieties of the human Commonwealth, convened in Boston. character, impelled to action by the • The situation of the country being grand machinery of war, contributed very critical, two long sessions were more, perhaps, than any similar period held, in which Mr. Dwight gained great of his life, to extend bis knowledge of influence, as a inember, and much rethe world, and to mature his capacity putation as a public speaker. He was for usefulness. In after life, he often solicited, by men of eminence, to allow adverted to his connexion with the bimself to be named as a candidate for army, and drew, from bis experience a seat in Congress, then in the gift of and observations during that period, the Massachusetts Legislature, and it many topics of remark and instruction, seems evident, that had Providence fruitful in the illustration of the human allotted bim a station in the political character. While in the army he took world, he would have risen to the highevery proper opportunity of insinuating est usefulness and distinction. instruction, in the happiest manner, into
• He had, originally, studied the law, ibe minds of the younger officers and with the intention of making it his prosoldiers: be was compassionately atten. session, and, had he been actuated by tive to those who were under sentence the love of money, or by political amof death, endeavouring to prepare them bition, his way would probably have for this solemn event, and was some- been clear, to the gratification of the times gratified by receiving their thanks one, and the attainment of the other. when a pardon had saved them from be- • During his short connexion with poing sent, prematurely, to their account. litical life, he repeatedly exerted his
*The death of his father, A. D. 1777, influence in the county meetings of in a remote part of the continent, to Hampshire, in favour of law and order, which business had led him, now cast then threatened with subversion ; and upon Mr. Dwight the care of a nume. he was eminently instrumental, and rous family, of brothers and sisters, that against no small weight of cha(of whom be was the eldest) for whose racter and effort, in procuring the adopimmediate support and education, and tion of the new constitution of Massaultimate establishment in life, it was in. chusetts. cumbent on bim chiefly to provide.
• Both his inclination and his views of His connexion with the army was, duty led him to the pulpit; about this therefore, dissolved, and, during the tine be declined offers of settlement, four or five succeeding years, he was both at Beverly and at Charlestown. most laboriously employed, at North- • Towards the close of the year 1783, ampton, in the discharge of the highest he accepted an invitation from the peofilial and fraternal duties, wbile a com- ple of Greenfield, in this State, to bemencing family of his own, also, de- come their minister, and was establishmanded bis care.
ed there accordingly. During nearly • Some superior minds seem capable thirteen years, that he remained there, of excelling, in almost any pursuit, de. be enjoyed great celebrity, as a preachpending upon intellectual vigour, and, er, as an instructor of youth, and as an the particular direction which they ac- individual. tually receive, appears often to arise • It was, during his residence at froin intrinsic circumstances.
Greenfield, in the year 1785, that he. • During tbe residence of Mr. Dwight gave his Conquest of Canaan to the