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ART. XIX.-The Wanderer's Legacy; a Collection of Poems on various subjects. By Catherine Grace Godwin, (late Catherine Grace Garnett), author of The Night before the Bridal," &c. Post 8vo. pp. 277. London: Maunder. 1828.
ALONG with snatches of pretty description and occasional bursts of passionate and genuinely poetic feeling, we meet with in the pages of Mrs. Godwin a good deal of the ordinary staple of modern poetry, in the form of glittering, gaudy expression, or obtrusive metaphor, which far from embellishing, tends rather to obscure and bepatch the transparent mirror of poetic thought, like Lord Byron's cloud
But we have no doubt that the volume will become popular among the numerous admirers of female poetry, inasmuch as it is greatly superior to several of those which have lately attained an ephemeral celebrity, through the aid of the hireling or interested portion of the periodical press. We cannot room for extracts sufficient to do justice to our poetess, and must must content ourselves with a few fragments from The Estranged, the last and perhaps best piece in the book.
bThey met in silence-years had roll'd away
Since they had gazed each on the other's face,
ft Or heard the tones of the remember'd voice
That, parting rose in wrath. Oh! words, too oft,
Brought of the Land of Promise to their tribes,
Glowing with truth and love. This they had prov'd
Life's charm has fled since that soft beaming star
Of their dull wearing hours.
Slight cause I ween
(Oh is't not ever thus that worthless things
Alas! he knew not then, though 'twas reveal'd bothunusi ad
Hot How absence from the loved ones we have grievedret of 10 Wears down the magnitude of our offence,
And aggravates our own.'-p. 257
We have not left room to quote from her descriptions of scenery, some of which are very fine. bein
ART. XX.-Odes upon Cash, Corn, Catholics, and other Matters, selected from the Columns of the Times Journal. Foolscap 8vo. pp. 183. London: Longman and Co. 1828.
THESE Odes, or rather Satires, have recently attracted considerable attention in certain circles, from their cleverness, causticity, and minute knowledge of circumstances which escape the remark or the memory of common observers. Report ascribes them to the well-known versatile author of the "Twopenny Post Bag, who has of late, it should seem, amused his leisure hours by discharging the galling fire of an unwearied bushskirmisher against the party in power. At the commencement of his campaign he was alone, but he has recently, it is said, acquired an able coadjutor in Mr. Luttrel, the reported author of the parody in the Times, of the Witch scene in Macbeth, applied to the late meeting on Penenden Heath. That this report is probable, we may perhaps infer from the parody in question not being inserted in the selection before us, though it is not inferior to any of them in the tranchant keenness of its satire. As we cannot give a more striking character of Mr. Moore's" Arrowy Showers" of verse than may be seen at a glance by perusing them, we shall select one specimen—the best perhaps in the volume-and to our taste a model for political satire.
"IF" AND "PERHAPS *."
'OH tidings of freedom! oh accents of hope!
"If mutely the slave will endure and obey,
"Nor clanking his fetters, nor breathing his pains,
"His masters, perhaps, at some far distant day,
May think (tender tyrants) of loosening his chains."
"Wise "if" and "perhaps!"-precious salve for our wounds,
'But no, 'tis in vain-the grand impulse is given,—
Man knows his high Charter, and knowing will claim;
And if ruin must follow where fetters are riven,
Be theirs, who have forged them, the guilt and the shame.
"If the slave will be silent !"-vain Soldier, beware--
*Written after hearing a celebrated speech in the House of Lords, June 10, 1828.
'When the blush, that long burn'd on the suppliant's cheek,
""If men, in that silence, should think of the hour,
To the despot on land and the foe on the flood;-
'If, awfuller still, the mute slave should recall
That dream of his boyhood, when Freedom's sweet day
If Fancy should tell him, that Day-spring of Good,
Now wants but invoking to shine out again ;
If-if, I say-breathings like these should come o'er
ART. XXI.-Zur Vermittlung der Extreme in den Meinungen von Friedrich Ancillon Erster Theil. Geschichte und Politik. Berlin: 1828. London: Black & Young.
On Mediations of Extremes. By Friedrich Ancillon.
We do not put much faith in the attempts to make men think alike upon all subjects; nor can the medium be ascertained without obtaining a view of the extremes. It is very comfortable, and very easy, to sit down contented with the idea that much may be said on both sides of the question; but as in literature and the arts we have no productions without faults, nay those that contain the greatest proportion of excellence, may display likewise the most glaring defects; so also is it with the human character; it is better occasionally to penetrate towards extremes in some directions than to remain fixed and unadvancing in the centre. Nothing is easier than to select a thesis and antithesis, and string together some high sounding words and phrases that shall leave the subject as it was at the beginning. To this objection, the author before us seems to be liable: he commences with a pompous assertion and developement of some never contradicted truth; strings together a few unconnected sentences; and, at the conclusion, suddenly leaves the reader with a parting paragraph that, but for the distance between them, might be taken for the twin brother of the commencing observations, so close is the resemblance.
This is particularly the case with his first essay, on the Influence of Climate. We observe, too, that the author argues from the tendency of the English to suicide; we thought that this prejudice had long been clearly disproved by statistical reports: it could never have arisen but from the universal publicity given to such matters in this countrynosoga
The second treatise, on the merits of the Middle Ages,cise less disfigured by the faults we have mentioned, although by no means free from them. That we may not be considered as causelessly pronouncing too severe a judgment, we will extract the concluding observations from it; wol
Every country under one supreme power is subject to despotism, and it is as little innate in pure monarchy as it is foreign to a pure democracy, or a pure aristocracy. The abuse of power is in all states to be feared, where by artificial divisions it is not united in one person, whether physical or moral. The possibility of danger cannot be absolutely prevented, although the danger itself may unquestionably be diminished by suitable institutions. Who can calculate how a concurrence of passion, power, genius, ambition, and favourable circumstances, may in a given time lead to despotism?"
We subjoin the titles of the other disputations, for such in fact they must be considered:On the Character and Progress of the Present Age -Of the Power of Public Opinion-On the Legislation of the Press On the Perfectibility of Civil Society-Idea and Judgment of Political Revolutions Of the Causes of the French Revolution--Influence of Freedom on Literature and the Arts-On Political Constitutions, &c. We see no reason for the appearance of this work; it neither extends the sphere of our knowledge, nor does it present us with a more commodious arrangement of that with which we were acquainted. If a man writes on philosophical subjects with all the pomp of philosophical diction, we have a right to expect something more than occasionally a just or ingenious observation, buried in a mass of truism and common-place.
ART. XXII.-Time's Telescope, for the Year 1829, or a Complete Guide to the Almanack: containing an Explanation of Saints' Days and Holydays, with Illustrations of British History and Antiquities, Existing and Absolute Titles and Customs, Sketches of Comparative Chronology and Contemporary Biography. Astronomical Occurrences in every Month; comprising Remarks on the Phenomena of the Celestial Bodies: and the Naturalist's Diary, explaining the various Appearances in the Animal and Vegetable Kingdoms, with numerous Engravings on wood, from Drawings by eminent Artists. pp. 428. 12mo. London. Sherwood and Co. 1829. THERE can be no question that this little work, originally planned by dottle Mr. Millard, of the Surrey Institution, is admirably adapted for diffusing a taste for both useful and entertaining knowledge, as there is scarcely a department of literature and science which may not be found, in one shape or other, in its Encyclopædiac pages. Let us just glance at the contents of the month in which we are writing as a specimen of the rest. Under the head of Remarkable Days we find several curious particulars, such as an account of the Fête des Morts on the 1st of November, on which the Parisians visit the tombs of their friends, in the cemetary of Pére la
Chaise, in thousands and tens of thousands. Appended we have a very pretty vignette of the "Tomb of Marshal Ney." On the 2nd of November, we have an interesting account of " the Company of the Dead,” at Rome, whose business it is to search for and bury the bodies of unknown persons and strangers. Appended is a good vignette of the Catacombs of Paris, and Mr. Hood's facetious poem, "Death, a Dealer." On the 5th of November we find it said toimera dze i
This day is kept to commemorate the diabolical attempt of the Papists to blow up the Parliament House.pv3763 9:11 jostaze for se
Now we cannot too severely reprobate such a notice, as not only falsifying history, but tending to keep up the unchristian spirit of party irritation; for looking coolly at the historical facts, we do not find it was the Papists, meaning thereby the whole Catholic body, but certain individuals professing themselves Catholics. According to this mode of writing, we might say on the 8th of Febuary," On this day, 1586, the Protestants diabolically murdered Mary, Queen of Scots," een Queen Elizabeth and her council, as the Editor of Time's Telescope means, by Papists, Guy Fawkes and his coadjutors. Notwithstanding this reprehensible spirit, which may be traced in more than one part of the volume; more Notwithstanding the Editor scruples not to take advantage of Catholic aid, (diabolical though it his circulation, quoting from the "Catholic Miscellany" the following notice:" Of the various periodical calenders, and annual literary repositories which issue from the Protestant press, we
are unacquainted with any one less objectionable to the Catholic reader, than Time's Telescope." The writer of this paragraph, we may well suppose, either had not read the work he praises, or was no true Catholic himself, or did not know Dr. Forster's Circle of the Seasons," where a very different notice is given of the 5th of November, which, as a contrast, we shall quote:
"It is on this day that the pretended attempt to blow up the Parliament House by Guy Fawkes is celebrated in England by children, who dress up a figure like a large doll and call it Guy Fox. This image is burned at night in a bonfire a very wicked spirit to encourage in children, but perfectly consistent with the immoral age in which it originated.'-Circle of the Seasons. pp. 310.
We gladly turn from the exhibitions of party spirit to the Life of Tomline, the late Bishop of Winchester, introduced under November 14, and accompanied with wood vignettes of Lincoln Cathedral, and the ruins of Winchester House, Southwark. Still more to our taste are the pretty verses on "Music," by Miss Mary Anne Browne, appropriately introduced under St. Cecilia's Day, Nov. 22. As we think this the finest piece of poetry in the volume, (which is replete with third and fourth-rate misscup og verses) we shall extract it."
Postol salgele videtur ei,moitumul verme sult to bulliM M 'Tis not in the harp's soft melting tone, to
od not stent n That music and harmony dwell alone,- ruteroud to hoursqəb out 'Tis not in the voice so tender and clear ›ział eti mi padto zo That comes like an angel's strain on the ear: a. droom ›d to to biod sit to hoo
AreThey both are sweet; but o'er dale and hill