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How solemn on the ear would come “ Or, if on life's uncertain main,
Mishap shall mar thy sail;
Woe, want, and exile, thou sustaia A sainted hermit from his cell,
Beneath the fickle gale; To drop a bead with every knell
Waste noe å sigh on fortnne changed, And bugle, lute, and bell, and all,
On chankless courts, or friends estranged, Sbould each bewildered.stracger call But come where kindred worth shall smile, To friendly feast, and lighted hall." " To greet thee in the lonely isle." Again, stanza 17:
The close of the last canto affords * But scarce again his horn be wound, another specimen of genuine petry: When lo, forth starting at the sound, “ Harp of the North, farewell! the hilla From underneath an aged oak,
grow dark, That slanted from the islet rock,
On purple peaks a deeper shade descendA damsel, guider of its way,
jag i A little skiff shot to the bay, That round the promontory steep
In twilight copse the glow-worm lights her
spark, Led its deep line in graceful sweep,
The deer, half-seen, are to the covert Eddying in almost viewless wave,
wending The weeping willow twig to lave,
Resume thy wizard elm! the fountain And kiss, with whispering sound and slow,
lending, The beach of pebbles, bright as snov.
And the wild breeze, thy wilder minThe buat had touched this silver strand
strelsy; Just as the hunter left his stand,
Thy numbers sweet with nature's vespers And stood concealed amid the brake,
blending, To view this Lady of the Lake.
With distant echo from the fold and The maiden paused, as if again
lea, She thought to catch the distant strain, And herd-boy's evening pipe, and hum of With head up-raised, and look intent,
housing bee. And eye and ear attentive bent; And locks flong back, and lips apart,
Yet once again, farewell, thou minstre! Like monument of Græcian art:
harp! In listening mood she seemed to stand,
Yet once again, forgive my feeble sway, The guardian Naiad of the strand.”
And little reck I of the censure sharp,
May idly cavil at an idle lay. Interspersed throughout are numerous Much bave I owed thy strains on life's long ballads, many of which have consider
way, able merit. The following is from the Through secret woes the world has never canto of the Island :
When on the weary night dawned wearier “Not faster yonder rowers' might
day, Flings from their vars the spray,
And bitterer was the grief devoured alone; Notfaster yonder rippling bright,
That I o'erlive such woes, enchantress! is That tracks the shallop's course in light,
thine own. Melts in the lake away,
Hark! as my lingering footsteps slow retire, Than men from memory erase
Some spirit of the air has waked thy The benefits of former days;
string! Then, stranger, go, good speed thee while,
'Tis now a seraph bold, with touch of fire, Nor think again of the lonely isle.
Tis now the brush of fairy's frolic wing. 4* High place to thee in royal court, Receding now, che dying numbers ring, High place in battled line,
Painter and fainter down the rugged dell, Good hawk and hound for sylyan sport, And now the mountain breezes scarcely Where beauty sees the brave resort,
bring The lionoured meed be thine.
A wandering witch-note of the distant True he thy sword, thy friend sincere,
spellThy lady constant, kind, and dear;
And now, 'tis silent all Enchantress, fare And lost in love's and friendship's smile,
thee well! Be memory of the lonely isle,
The notes at the end, though not very « But if beneath yon southern sky
nuinerous, have interest; and illastrate A plaided stranger roam,
not only Scottish manners hut Scottish Whose dropping crest and stifled sigh,
bistory. On the whole, however, though And sunken cheek and heavy eye,
there is much to commend, we cannot Pine for his highland home; Then, warrior, then be thine to show
say we think that the "Lady of the The care that sooths a wanderer's woe ;
Lake" is quite equal, in poetical merit, Remember then thy hap ere while,
either to the “ Lay of the last Minstrel, ** A stranger in the lonely isle.
or " Marmiou."
A poem of a very different deseription, and Social Meetings, in the tenth letter, though of sterling merit, will be found in Mr. Crabbe proceeds to Inns : Mr. Crabbe's * Borough; in Twenty- « High the street, o'erlooking all the four Letters :" containing the description
place, of an English sea-port town; the diffe- The rampant Lien shows his kingly face; sent classes of its inhabitants, amuse- His ample jaws extend from side to side, ments, almhouses, prisons, schools, &c. His eyes are glaring, and bis nostrils wide ; The subjects are humble; but Mr. Crabbe in silver shag the sovereign form is drest, has given them an interest by the pow. A mane horrific sweeps his ample chest; ers of his pen, attractive to the inost Elate with pride, lie seems to assert his fastidious reader.
reign, We shall point out the lines upon the And stands the glory of his wide domain.” Sea, as the finest passage in the first The twelfth letter describes the arrival lecter:
of the Players, with their pleasantry, "Turn to the watery world! but who to "labours, patience, vanity, and adveni,
tures : (A wonder yet unview'd) shall paint the sea? “ They might have praise, confin’d to farce Various and vast, sublime in all its forms,
alone ; When lull'd by zephyrs, or when rous'd by Full well they grin; they should not try storms,
to groan." Its colours changing, when from clouds and sun
“Of various men these marching troops are Shades after shades upou the surface run;
made, Embrown’d and horrid now, and now Pen-spurning clerks, and lads contemning serene
trade; In limpid blue, and evanescent green;
Waiters and servants by confinement teaz'd, And of the foggy banks on ocean lie,
And youths of wealth by dissipation eas'd : Lift the fair sail, and cheat th” experienc'd With feeling nymphs, who, such resource at eye."
hand, The description of the winter storm is Some, who from higher views by vice are
Scorn to obey the rigour of command; admirable. The second letter is devoted
won, to The Church, its mural monuments, And some of either sex by love undone ; and their inscriptions, which are The greater part lamenting as their tall touched on with originality and feeling. What some an honour and advancement In the third letter we have the characters call." of the Vicar and the Curate. The for
The Alms-House and Trustees, forin mer closes with the following lines:
the subject of the thirteenth; and The ** The rich approv'd-of them in awe he Inhabitants of the Alms - House, those of stood;
the fourteenth, fifteenthi
, and sixteenth The poor admir'd-they all believ'd him letters. The fourteenth contains the good;
history of a wealthy heir reduced to po. The old and serious of his habits spoke; The frank anu youthful lov’d his pleasant stored by marriage, but again consumert;
verty by dissipation: bis fortune is rejoke; Mamma approv'd a safe contented guest,
he goes abroad, but is recalled to a And Miss a friend to back a small request;
larger inheritance; again becomes poor; In him his flock found nothing to condemn; and is at last admitted into the alıns. Him sectaries lik’dhe never troubled house. The character of Clelia, the them;
female inhabitant of the Alms-bouse, is a No trifes fail'd his yielding mind to master-piece, and gives a lively interest please;
to the fifteenth letter. Clelia was gay And all his passions sunk in early ease. and giddy, and at last met with a Lovelace Nor one so old has left this world of sin, of her day. She was next situated with More like the being that he enter'd in."
an attorney. Another such period in hier The Curate's is a melancholy character. lite occurs; and she inarries the master The fourth letter is on Sects and Profes- of an inn: sions in Religion. The fifth is entitled “ He had no idle retrospective whim,
The Election: and the sixth treats Till she was his her deeds concern'd not of the profession of the Law. Physic, and hin." the different Trades, take their turns in She becomes a widow; and ten years the seventh and eighth ; and the ninth is more are past in various trials, views, devoted to Amusements. From Clubs and troubles:
“Now friendless, siçk, and old, and wanting treated; and in the twentyfourth, bread,
Schools. The first-born 'tears of fallen pride were Ilere also we have lo notice the shed;
Scatonian Prize Poem, by Mr. PRYME, True, bitter tears; and yet that wounded entitled, the “ Conquest of Canaan;" pride
Mr. SMEDLEY's “ Erin;" and an elegant Among the poor, for poor distinctions sigh'd. Selection from the Poetical Works of Thom Though now her tales were to her audience fit,
MAS CAREW. Though loud her tones, and vulgar grown her
Among the more bumourous produce wit;
tions of the Muse, we have to notice Though now her dress---(but let me not " The Goblin Groom; a Tule of Dunse :" explain
by 2. 0. Fenwick, esq. The following The piteous patch-work of the needy-vain ; is the general idea of the story of the The fiirtish form to coarse materials lent, poem, given in the adrertisement. "It And one poor robe through fifty fashions turns on thě several incidents of a fossent);
chase, but is called a Tale of Dunse, Though all within was sad, without was because in that favourite rendezvous of
mean, Still 'twas her wish, her comforts to be made his appearance. That the minds
the lovers of the chase, the goblin first seen : She would to plays on lowest terms resort,
of his readers may be as perfectly preWhere once her box was to the beaux a pared as he could wish, for the manners court;
of the age in which it is laid, he apprises And, strange delight! to that same house them, that the poem opens on the last where she
day of April 1806, and concludes with Join'd in the dance, all gaiety and glee, the death of a fox on Floddeu field, Now with the menials crowding to the twenty-four hours thereafter. The wall,
country over which he bas accompaniei! She'd see, not shate, the pleasures of the his előn fay and merry pack, he has
viewed with the rapid glance of a sportsAnd with degraded vanity unfold, How she too triumph'd in the years of old :
man, and therefore trusts, that his hasty To her poor friends 'cis now her pride to with the too scrupulous eye of rigid criti
and imperfect sketch wil not be regarded tell On what an height she stood before she cism. With all its faulis, but without fell;
further apology, he commits it to its fate; At church she points to one tall seat, and and, notwithstanding the protecting in« There
fluence of wire-wove, broad margin, We sat,” she cries, “ when my papa was high price, and hot-press, he is not mayor."
without feeling some apprehensions conNot quite correct in what she now relates, cerning its success." The poein itself She alters persons, and she forges dales; consists of two cantos only: “ The Hose And finding memory's weaker help decay.'d, tel, or Inn;" and .“ The Fox Chace." She boldly calls invention to her aid. The introduction to the first is addressed Touch'd by the pity he had felt before, “ to Walter Marrowfat, Gardener to his For her Sir Denys op'd the Alms-house door; Grace the duke of B-h:” that of the * With all her faults,” he said, " the women second,“ to Benjaquin' Butfet," lis knew
Grace's butler. The object of the satire Ilow to distinguish-had a manner too;
will be readily seen. And, as they say, she is allied to some In decent station let the creature come."
DPAMA. Benbow, an improper companion for First, in the draviatjc portion of our the badgemen of the Alms-house, fornus, Retrospect, we place ** Riches, or the the subject of the sixteenth letter. The Wife und Brother, « Play in fize Act, Hospital fills the seventeenth; and the founded on Massinger's City Malam." eighteenth is devoted to The Poor and, by Sie James. BianD BURGES. The their Dwellings. In the nineteenth, strange immorality of sentiment, the twentieth, (wenty-first, and twentys indelicacy, and the extravagance of plus, second letters, we have illustrations of which marked the old play, induced sir distinct characters among the poor-the James to frame a new comedy entirely, Parish Clerk-the Widow's Cottage in which he has only, introduced the best Abel Keene-and Peter Grimes. In passages of the original. We have na the twenty-third letter, Prisons are doubt it will be read with as much atteo
tion as it received in its performance at of this science seems almost to have the Lyceum.
supplanted all the other branches of “ Hector; a Tragedy in five Acts;" knowledge requisite for a statesman, to by J. Ch. J. LUCE DE LANGIVAL, per have often narrowed his views, and to formed for the first time at the French bave made him regard every public meat Theatre in Paris, Feb. 1, 1809, translated sure simply in the relation it bears to by Mr. Mangin, though spirited and national wealth. But this object, as patriotic, seems still best adapted to the I have already contended, and ever will closet.
contend, against the clamorous sciolisty
of the day, is not the prime business of A more elegantly written, or a more true policy. Ilowever important and spirited pamphlet, than the "Reply to the even necessary it may be, it is a subora Columnies of the Edinburgh Reviezo dinate and not a predominant concern in against Oxford,” kas rarely met our public affairs-not less than the managenotice. It is divided into five chapters. ment and improvement of an estate in The first treats “ of the Study of Aristo. private life, is an inferior duty to the tle, and Neglect of the Mathematics," in education of children, the maintenance the examination of an Amalysis of La' of character, and the guidance of a Placés Traité de Méchanique Céleste. House. In the second chapter we have the “ Ex "Still it cannot be disputed, that the amination of a Criticisin in the 28th science has a tendency, it rightly studied, Number of the Edinburgh Review, on to enlarge the mind, and that it will Falconer's edition of Strabu;" in which enable a man to perform many of the the writer appears to have exerted 'no' relative duties of life, buth public and ordinary powers of criticisia. The third private, more correctly. On this acchapter contains 4Rwmarks on an Article count, the introduction of it into the lecupon Edgeworin's Professional Exlucati. Tures en Modern History has always on." The fourth is devoted to the appeared to me a great improvement; “ Course of Studies pursued at Oxford:", and she still farther extension of the and, in the fifth, we have the author's' same enquiry would, I am persuaded, be reinarks on 6. Plans of Education in much improved. general, ani parnicularly of English: "Its great leading principles, howEducation ; Abnse vof the term Utility ; ever, are soon acquired: the ordinary Reinarkson the Study of Political reading of the day supplies them. And Economy and Moral Philosophy; of with the majority of students, the more some Vulgar Errors respecting Oxford ; accurate study and investigation of its Conclusion." To give any generat idea theorems may well be reserved' for those of the ruinerous points ekainisied in the situations and occasions, in which many different chapters, within the narrow of them will be placed at sume future limits of a Retrospect, would be impos- season, and which afford ample time for sible. It may be enough to say, that the the conpletion of such enquiries. . When reviewer of Strabo seems to be consi- combined with practical exertions, and dered as the most powerful opponent of called forth by particular occasions, these Oxford. On the suject of Political studies gain a fimmer hold, and are purEconomy, the study of which has been sued with more eager interest. The so often noticed in the Edinburgh Re- mind should indeed be early disciplined view as neglected at Oxford, we shall and fitted for that work : hut the work present the replier's principal remarks. itself may be done when the time comes.
" This (he observes) is, beyond a " It is a fully to think that every thing doubt, of all sciences relaung to human which a man is to know must be taught interests, that in which the greatest him while young, as if he were to spring progress has been made in modern tunes; at once from college, and be intrusted and much honour is due to those writers with the immediate management of the who have let in light upon this hitherto world; as if life had no intervals for es. obscure and uit. quented track.' But tending knowledge; as if intellectual the effeet of novelty and discovery is to exercise, and the act of learning, were attract for a season an undue proportion unbecoming the state of manhood.. of public favour. Such appears to ine to " With regard to this science in para have been the mistake with regard to ticular, there are many points in it which Political Economy; and in many instan. make me think it a fiter einployinent ces, it has been a dangerous, if not a for the mind in an advanced period of mischievous, mistakes for the attainment life, than when the affuctions are young
and growing, and liable to be cramped in a volume of Essays which has appeared and stunted by the views of huinan na- (on the Sources of the Pleasures received ture which it continually presents. from Literary Compositions." They are, There is perhaps something in all theo- On the Improvement of Taste ; on the retical views of society which tends to Imagination, and on the Association of harden the feelings, and to represent Ideas; on the Sublime; on Terror; on man as a blind part of a blind machine. Pity; on Melancholy; on the Tender The frame-work of that great structure Affections; on Beauty; and on the Lu. must, we know, be put together upon dicrous. The difficulty of such invessucla principles; and the more enlarged tigations needs no coniment on our part. our sphere of action is, the more correct In this place we may also notice, “A and luminous ought our notions to be of philosophical Inquiry into the Cause, with their relative power and importance. Directions to Cure, the Dry Rot in But by far the greater part of those who Buildings," by James RANDALI, Archiare educated for active professions have tect. This most important subject is less occasion for contemplating these discussed with much ingenuity, and the abstract notions, than for adapling reasonings and experiments contained themselves promptly to the limited rela- in the little work before us, claim the tions of life in which they are placed ; attention of every builder, and every and in which the remedy of evils caused gentleman who superintends his own by the friction of the machine and by works. The author points out the inexternal accident, requires not that com- eficiency of the methods heretofore tried prehensive view of its whole construction to prevent or cure this formidable evil; to be for ever present to the mind. It he ihen describes the causes which prois not then that I would keep these truths duce it in the first instance, and deterout of sight, it is not then that I would mines the reinedy. Mr. Randall has no deny the utility of them in every sphere doubt, froin repeated experiments and and condition, but where a choice is observations, that the Dry Rot, in all left us among many pursuits, all of which cases, arises from a previous state of ferare in their several degrees beneficial, I mentation, whence proceeds the comwould be very cautious liow that was plete growth of a fungus of which the singled out and inade predominant, dry rot consists. The general remedy which is so prone to usurp over the rest, where the disease has comunenced, and and the abuse of which is not a laughi- the preventative in all new buildings, is able, but a serious, evil.”
oxydation either by means of fire or the Another curious work in this class will nitric acid, The indestructibility of be found in Mr. Weston's "Remains of wood oxydated by fire, or, in other words, Arabic in the Spanish and Portuguese of wood that has been charred, was Languages. With a Sketch, by way of known to the ancients; but as it is imIntroduction, of the History of Spain possible to subject many of the parts of from the Expulsion of the Moors. Also buildings to the operation of fire, Mr. Extracts from the Original Letters in Randali has discovered that the same Arabic to and from Don Manoueel and may be effected by the acid process of his Governors in India and Africa : fole Oxydating by affinity. The author has lowed by an Appendix, containing a Spe. given a süll explication of his theory, and cimen of the Introduction to the Hitopa. laid down such rules for the practice as desa translated into three Languages, the may be understood and applied by coniprincipal Metre of which is that of the mon workmen. Sunscrit." In the appendix, Mr. Weston Another work of considerable interest joforms us,
" the Hitopadesa, or amic in the iniscellaneous class, will be found cable Instruction, first known by the un- in “ Illustrations of the Lires und Iria meaning appellation of Pilpay, Elephant's tings of Gower and Chaucer;" collected Foot, and Bidpay, Fat, or Splay Foot, froin authentic documents, by the Rev. Fables, is the original of Esop, whose HENRY J. Tond. Of these the first and real naine was Eswed or Esud, from the most considerable is to entire manuArabic word . . . black. This strengthe script of Francis Thynne, entitled ens ide opinion of the Arabs, that Æsop "Animadversions upon the Annotations was a Nubian or Abyssinian; and snakes and Corrections of some Imperfectónes it more than probable, that he and Loke and linpressónes of Chaucer's Workes, man were one and the same."
(sett downe before tyine and nowe) re They who delight in philosophical printed in the yere of our Lorde, 1598." speculations, will find much amusement The second divisiun of the Illustratious