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prehension that our disappointment The shades of summer give securer would surpass our pleasure. As, rest; however, we do not suffer our pre
The beauteous vales a livelier verdure possessions to blind our judgment, And purer 'Aows the stream, and fairer
yield; the merit of the author has sustained
smiles the field. no injury; and our examination has convinced us that his presumption
“ He envies not the rich imperial board,
Or downy couch for pampered luxury was not so great as we were inclined
spread, to suppose. If he has not actually
The simple feast that woods and fields caught Dr. Beattie's mantle, he has afford, found a lyre which is much in that The canopy of trees, the natural bed writer's fashion, and shows himself Of moss by murmuring streams peren
nial fed, capable of sweeping its strings in the
In him more genuine heart's content style of true minstrelsy. Though not
excite: equal to the original bard, he follows
The dazzling rays by brightest diaat no great distance; and as Dr. B. monds shed left his work unfinished, this farther Yield to the fairer glories of the night development of the Progress of Ge. That circle round his head in order in.
finite. nius may be read with interest by all those who were charmed by the for- "Such were thy joys, sweet bard, when mer stanzas. The author apologizes
stretched along for not having pursued the outline of
By Mulla's fountain head thy limbs re
clined, the plan faintly sketched in one of
Where fancy, parent of enchanted song, the doctor's letters, lately published Poured the full tide of poesy, refined by his biographer, sir William Forbes; From stain of earthly dross, upon thy observing that the verses before us mind. were composed long ago, and would Thine was the holy dream, when, pure
and free, not now have been published if the result of his inquiries had not led
Imagination left the world behind
In that delightful land of Faerie' him to believe that no materials for Alone to wander, rapt in heavenly min. the continuation of The Minstrel
strelsy. had been found among Dr. B's pa
“Oh who, so dull of sense, in heart so pers.
lost The character of Edwin is well To Nature's charms and every pure sustained; and the stanzas swell with delight, that tide of verse, flow with that ease,
Would rather lie, on the wild billows
tost and abound with that richness of
Of vain ambition, with eternal night imagery, which manifest a soul finely
Surrounded, and obscured his mental touched and endowed. We need only
sight transcribe that part of the present By mists of avarice, passion, and deceit? poem which depicts the blessings of Not he whose spirit clear, whose genius the myse.
bright, The muse has ever led, in converse
sweet, “Oh, could I aught of that celestial fame Within the hallowed glades of her divine Acquire, which glowed in SPENSER'S
retreat. holy breast, How small would be on fortune's gifts “Not Edwin-in whose infant breast, I
ween, Of nature's stores and nature's love From childish cares and little passions possest!
free, He whom the muse has favoured is most Tho' long in shades retired, unmarked, blessed;
unseen, For him the forest spreads a broader
Had blown the fairest flower of poesy. shield;
That loveti promise of a vigorous tree
Instructed genius found: each straggling
shoot He wisely pruned of its wild liberty, Turned the rich streams of science
round the root, And viewed with warm delight the fair
and grateful fruit.”
Can a doubt be entertained that the author of such stanzas will obtain from the publick, to whose taste he makes his appeal, any other than such a reception as will induce him to resume his lyre?
The following relates to a duel between Mr. Jeffrey, one of the chief writers in the
Edinburgh Review, and Thomas Moore, author of Little's Poems, and translator of Anacreon.
FROM THE BRITISH CRITICK.
ENGLISH BARDS AND SCOTCH REVIEWERS: A SATIRE. 12mo. 4.. 1808.
SINCE the time of the Baviad, we Oh! day disastrous ! on her firm set rock, have not met with a production com
Dunedin's castle felt a sacred shock;
Dark rolled the sympathetick waves of bining so much severity with so
Forth, much genuine wit, humour, and real Low groaned the startled whirlwinds of talent. If we, however, had possess. the north; ed the opportunity, we should cer- Tweed ruffled half his waves to form a tainly have pleaded very powerfully tear, in behalf of one or two, who are lash
The other half pursued its calm career;
Arthur's steep summit nodded to its base, ed with more bitterness than justice;
The surly Tolbooth scarcely kept her place; but, on the whole, it must be confess
The Tolbooth felt--for marble sometimes ed, that truth is on the side of the
can, author. Nothing can be more certain, On such occasions, feel as much as man than that genuine taste was once more
The Tolbooth felt defrauded of his charms, in danger: and high commendation,
If Jeffrey died, except within her arms:
Nay, last, not least, on that portentous and great popularity, have attended
morn, certain poetical productions, which
The sixteenth story, where himself was would hardly endure the test of sound born, and honest criticism.
His patrimonial garret fell to ground, We shall enter into no detail of this And pale Edina shuddered at the sound; poem, because it will be universally Strowed were the streets around with
milk-white reams, reall; but we think it necessary to flowed all the Canongate with inky subjoin a specimen, in justification of streams; what we have said above. There is This of his candour seemed the sable dew, exaggeration in the following passage; That of his valour showed the bloodless but its poetical merit is singular.
hue; And all with justice deemed the two com
bined “ Health to great Jeffrey!* Heaven pre. The mingled emblems of his mighty mind. serve his life,
But Caledonia's goddess hovered o'er To flourish on the fertile shores of Fife,
The field, and saved him from the wrath And guard it sacred in his future wars, Since authors sometimes seek the field of From either pistol snatched the vengeful
of Moore; Mars;
lead, Can none remember that eventful day,
And strait restored it to her favourite's That ever glorious, almost fatal fray,
head. When Little'st leadless pistol met his eye,
That head, with greater than magnetick And Bowstreet myrmidons stood laugh.
power, ing by ?
Caught it, as Danaë caught the golden
shower, Jeffreyone of the writers in the And though the thickening dross will Edinburgh Review.
scarce refine, † Little Thomas Moore, translator of Augments its ore, and is itself A mine.” Anacreon.
YROM THE MONTHLY REVIEW.
Nubilia in Search of a Husband; including Sketches of modern Society, and interesting
moral and literary Disquisitions. Crown 8vo. pp. 456. 98. Boards. 1809. IF one writer sends a gentleman the gravity of a college-tutor, and at in pursuit of a wife, another is sure another, she is inflated with bombast. to take the hint, and to exhibit a lady Now she is represented as an Epicin search of a husband. Modern book- tetus, endeavouring to give tone and makers avail themselves of every op- vigour to the mind, and then as portunity of putting their pens in "longing for dissolution,” because motion, and the success which Cælebs she heard the sounds of an Eolian has obtained presented a temptation harp. She, indeed, marries at last; but not to be resisted. Accordingly, we it is after a great deal of talking rather find that on the 10th of May, 1809, than searching. She sees little of the the author of the present work began world; and to the first man who is at his undertaking; and so intent was all estimable in her view, to whom he on bringing it out in time while she is introduced after a little PhilanCulebs was in course of reading, that dering about German literature, she by the 3d of June following, he had gives her hand. Altogether, the story completed it. We should have plea- is very meagre; the transition from sure in complimenting him with not one dissertation to another is not having made “ more haste than good very natural, and, as the picture of a speed,” to use the vulgar proverb; but, young woman “in search of a husstrange as it may appear, when we talk band,” it is to the last degree disapof haste, it must be confessed, that the pointing. composition is throughout laboured; It is true that the volume presents that the reader, instead of being plea- matured reflections on morals, socisantly carried, iš dragged along; and ety, and litera
but we cannot that the book disappoints because it think that they are with any propriety does not answer its titlc. “ Nubilia in put into the mouth of a young female. search of a husband?” No such thing. The remarks on education, which Nubilia is no forward miss, all whose are the result of much observation thoughts by day, and dreams by and meditation, are with judgment night, are fixed on marriage. In fact, assigned to Nubilia's father; but, she seems to think as little of a hus- when the parent is removed from the band as any woman who ever wore a stage, and the author throws the petticoat She is as cold as a cloud of weight of all his disquisitions on the snow [cor inter nubilia condit*] and shoulders of the young daughter, we is more like a philosophick member protest against such an imposition, to of the blue-stocking club than a young use a university phrase. To these woman commencing the impassioned remarks on education, however, some career of life. Nubilia is a thousand attention is due, especially to such of times more out of nature than the them as respect the importance of Lucilla Stanley of Celebs; and, in- commencing the moral education stead of being in search of a husband, very early in life; of keeping our she is fond of funerals, and “ loves to word with children; and of securing hold some mouldering bone within them from having the first impresher hands.” (p. 164.] At one time, sions made on their tender minds by she discusses moral questions with our servants, instead of by ourselves. * We introduce this parenthesis to sug
On the first point, we quote the folgest the impropriety of the name. It
lowing passage: should have been Nubilis instead of Nubi- “A child who is capable of feeling lig.
pleasure or parin at any given event, is ca
pable, to a certain degree, of volition, and raged in cherishing a friendship for of the simplest operations of intellect. He others besides their husbands. This is able to distinguish between two ob
cause is advocated by Nubilia's father, jects, and in distinguishing, to determine their respective worth, relatively to him. who, in reply to a letter from a friend, self; accordingly, if one be presented to expostulating with him on his intihim he is pleased; if the other, he is dis- macy with Julia (a married woman) pleased. The moment reason has advan- exclaims: ced thus far, that moment, I say, the mo- “Does the human heart undergo a meral education should commence; and in tamorphosis after the ritual ceremony of nine cases out of ten, I have seen this pro- the church? Is the ring a magick circle, gress of reason take place before the whose properties are potent enough to cighth month. Then begins our work; it is confound all feeling, to hoodwink the for us to determine what shall be granted mind, to corrupt the natural sentiments of and what denied, and to erect a barrier the bosom? Is there, in the words wife against the influence of caprice; to wrestle and husband, some invisible spirit that with the first contentions for mastery pierces through our nature, and curdles which betray themselves in every peevish the genial current of human affection ? Is tear that follows a refusal. Mothers and the wide extended love, the sweet play of nurses, I know, will exclaim against the the heart, the general delight we take in cruelty of denying the poor little dear ina our species, the natural emotions of the fant; pronounce you hardhearted, unfeel. soul; are all these to vanish before the ing. Mind it not. Let the storm rage, but magical incantations of the altar? Are we proceed steadily in your path, and be as- to turn away from the world, and the sured, that every tear your infant sheds world's concerns; are we to crush the waters a bed of roses, which will bloom kindling warmth, to forego the most enwith captivating beauty; while every smile dearing intercourse of life, to tear from that succeeds the completion of capricious our hearts the sweet band of union that desire, is a hot and fecund sun which linked us to our kind, to choak up the liyripens into maturity the nettle and the ing stream of rich delight that gives unweed.”
fading verdure to the path of life; must we In the superintendence and ma- shrink back with fear and horrour, and nagement of their offspring, parents well disciplined disgust, from the mutual should make a point of having their intercourse of the sexes, without which yea, to be indeed yea, and their nay its highest pleasures only sullen cares?
this world were but a barren desert, and to be unalterably nay. Here we ap- Must all this be done the moment two beprove what the author before us has ings consent to strengthen the intimacy written.
of a partial connexion? It is a vulgar and “Let your word be to your child as a debasing idea, and it is degrading to the wall of brass, impregnable to all assaults. heart of man.” What you have once asserted or command. Of such rant we are not enamoured, let no entreaties, no tears, no prayers ed, nor can we perceive the utility move you to retract. It is thus only that
that is likely to spring from its public you can do justice to your offspring and cation. Nubilia, who is wiser than her yourself
. If a child once succeed in making you go from your word, or alter parent, confesses that he assumes as your opinion, farewell to all future obe. a principle a greater moral purity dience from that child ! Ile will always than is usually found in mankind; cherish the idea, that by imploring, he can and she calls the picture of married induce you to retract; this idea will make liberty, for which her father contends, him careless as to what you say, and in a sublime one. -When Nubilia is metime generate even a contempt for your will. But remember, if you lift your hand ditating on her entrance into the holy in wrath against that child, you violate the state, and on the charac er of a wife, rights of justice and humanity; for the dis- she admits that “in her breast there obedience you would chastise, you have is no room for effective friendship; fostered by your own inconsistency." that it would draw her from the more
From the disquisition on educae important duties of her state; tirat tion, we pass to one in which, under nature providentially foresaw this, the idea of removing the shackles of and ordained that she should fix her the married state, wives are encoll. whole soulontheman andtheir mutual
offspring."-Though, however, the night recall its wandering thoughts, and I young lady, in this respect, appears awake to life, to misery and the world !" 10 have more prudence than her fa
If this be a specimen of that “ elether, and unites herself to a virtuous vated English prose," which we are young man, the sentiments of whose promised in the preface, we shall mind and the qualities of whose heart, only say, that it is much too elevated
for were excellent, yet, at times, she is represented as very romantick; espe
In Cælebs. little in the shape of cially when contemplating the beau- courtship. occurs; and here also the ties of nature. One extract will suf- parties show their predilection for fice:
each other by none of those little at“At other times softer and more ethe. tentions which usually discriminate real images arise. When I have beheld lovers. No frivolity marks Mr. distant clouds strongly tinged with the Vaughan's character, and he becomes sun's rays, and floating, as it were, in the the object of Nubilia's preference in whiteness of surrounding ether, steadily I have fixed my eyes upon them, and consequence of “dignity of mind.”
" Mr. Vaughan,” says the lady in search imagined, that resting on their fluid bor. ders, or rolled within their fleecy folds, wholly exempt from the former.
of a husband,“ had the latter, and was angels sit hymning to the Great Creator;
“ Towards my own sex, his manners and, with heavenly voices, joined to the
were far removed from that exuberant dulcet melody of harps, sing their chorus. I fancy that the aerial strains reach devotion, which is a compound of decepmy ears; and for a moment I am transport dropped her glove, he exhibited no agonies
tion, meanness and imbecility. If a lady ed among them. Then heaven opens on
till it was restored to her, nor did he rush, my eyes ! I see transparent forms, whose milk-white wings fold, like a cincture, might be the happy individual who was to
with impetuosity, to the spot, that he round their dazzling loins; they lean on golden harps; the blazing floor, spangled be gifted with powers adequate to the
perform that duty. He believed a lady to with stars innumerable, beams like a fur
task. If he walked out with a female, he nace; pendent, from vaulted roofs, hang avoided carrying her parasol for her, eistarry lamps, burning sweet incense, ther over her head, or under his own arm; whose odours, wafted through the balmy air, fill the delighted sense with gladness. He always declined the distinction of at
to this labour also, he thought her equal. Angelick shapes glide through Dorick columns inwreathed with many a spiral tending them to a mercer’s, a milliner's, or fold of flaming cressets, which, circling in (great ones they undoubtedly are in the
a linen draper's; and for all these offences magick dance around, reach a nameless height supporting roofs of fretted gold; censured. For my own part, I considered
eyes of many) I have heard him severely these, as they move along, hold mutual
them as evidences of a mind and character discourse sweet, and look such dewy mild. ness from their eyes, as heavenly spirits than what is essential to the composition
compounded of something more dignified wont when they, of old, descended to con
of a lady's man, as such animals are emverse with man, swift messengers of God's eternal word; still, as my fancy works, phatically called. When, however, I be. methinks I'm led, to softly breathing receive, such unmeaning attentions, such
hold the one sex offer, and the other measures from viewless harps by airy min. vapid courtesies, I know not on which my strels played, along the space of heaven; contempt should fall most heavily. It is odorous perfumes from ten thousand fan. difficult to decide which is the most abning wings are wafted round me: trembling ject, the fool who pleases, or she who is I stand, even at the throne of God himself,
pleased." whence angels turn, with softened gaze, away, so bright the effulgent glory which
After all, it is fair to ask, whether irradiates from the clouds that dwell, for dignity of mind be inconsistent with ever, round the Omnipotent! The lost soul attention to little things ? “ Man," as is lapped in ecstacy and big with unuttera- lord Bacon says, ~ is a trifle, and his ble feelings: mysterious visions sweep be- life is a trifle.” And, in the interfore my sight; and, in an ocean plunged change of social duties, especially beof pleasures tempered to its state by the creative mind that formed them, it dies,
tween the sexes, a number of trifles dissolves
away, and conscious only of must attract our notice. Civility and amazing bliss. The shadows of approaching politeness are made up of trifles; and