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been sedulously and earnestly inculcated receiving the great body of evidence colamong the lowest and most ignorant classes lected from the whole record of revelation, of society, which, founded on a partial hath formed it, under the superintending view, and, I have no hesitation in adding, care and tempered zeal of the eminently in a glaring misinterpretation of Scrip- pious and learned fathers of our Esta. ture, contradict the assurances and pur- blishment, into a code of institutes, suffi. pose of a merciful and an universal dis- ciently comprehensive to embrace all who peosation, and depreciate the perform- profess the great distinguishing .charac. ance of all those duties which constitute teristics of the Gospel, and narrowed only the test of our adherence to Christ, and to the exclusion of those whose principles are so expressly, so anxiously, and so militate against the doctrines of Chris. uniformly enjoined by him ; doctrines tianity, and the clear and obvious pur. which impute to the God of mercy and poses of revelation.” truth a denial of his own revealed word, To select all the striking passages, by the imputation of an arbitrary, irre. would be to transfer the whole Ďisversible, and irrespective decree of eter
course into our pages ; but the folDal punishment, where pardon and mercy lowing is so much in unison with our are proclaimed as glad tidings to repentant feelings, that we are tempted to make sinners, by the Lord of long-suffering to us-ward; who is not willing that any
one other extract: should perish, but that all should come to
“ Bebold the estimation in which this repentance *;' • who will have all men to country stands in the eye of Europe ! It be saved, and to come unto the knowledge is not its conquests, its riches, its power, of the truth t.""
great and distinguished as these are, that “The Bible, although an inspired work, have thrown round it the air and majesty does not convey inspiration. The study which renders her the admiration of the of it must be prosecuted like every other world. It is its moral character, formed object of human research, and where ap
under its public institutions, and founded parent contradictions present themselves deep in the religious habits and principles to our first perceptions, which will fre- of the people. Power, riches, conquest, quently be the case in enforcing the ob- are but the fruits of these ; the result of ligations of particular duties, they must, education formed upon fixed principles instead of being wrested and torn from and of rational liberty, which the people their context to create new and contend. have been taught to revere, and have not ing modes of interpretation, be reconciled yet surrendered to the withering touch of by a consistent view of the whole ten- political innovation under the profession dency and bearings of the subject under of reform." investigation. No part or portion of re- This Sermon is announced as a revelation can have been made in vain; publication of the annual Sermon disand the perfect will of God can be known tributed by the Society for promoting only by analysing, comparing, and com
Christian Knowledge: but we believe bioing each separate and individual notice of the divine purpose, and embodying
the Society's Report is not likely to the result of our inquiry into a system
appear at present. And we may be which may safely and conscientiously be permitted to suggest that so long a made the rule of Christian life. This is delay on a subject of immediate intenot the work of one man, or of one age. rest must be very detrimental to the All human knowledge is progressive, and cause. the labours of one generation form the It may not be possible to bring basis of more extended information in forward the Report with inore expethose which succeed, and the comparison dition; but, if the Sermon of the cur. and balance of opinions thus collected, rent year were published with the offer a second and no less laborious pro. Report of the year preceding, it cess in the investigation necessary to arrive at sound and wholesome conclusions,
would at once obviate a disadvantage more especially upon questions which em.
which increases annually with the brace the eternal interests of the whole
annual extensiou of the venerable Sorace of mankind. Aided and enlightened ciety. by such a process, in which learning, experience, prudence, judgment, and all the 29. Harold the Exile, pp. 919. 3 vols. energies of a sound mind are scarcely less
( Concluded from p. 154.) requisite thai the zeal of piety, we arrive THE second volume of this work is at the nearest approximation to truth which is open to human enquiry. Upon of the Countess, who, as you may
filled with repetitions of the charms this principle that the Church of England, easily believe, is deeply in love with
Harold, and consequently tries all # 2 Pet. jii, 9. t I Tim. ii. 4. the arts of a Syren, to make him
237 break with the ever-accomplished pleasure or amusement from any thing in Gabrielle ; and thereby seconds the which she did not participate. views of the treacherous Berington, " The visionary schemes of extatic bliss who, in short, marries the angelic and rapturous tenderness, in which her Gabrielle, dissipates her large for
romantic fancy had delighted to indulge, tune, and uses ber so ill, that she dies
were now completely banished, and with of a broken heart, after having par. beheld her lovely brow clouded by in
a sensation of extreme uneasiness Harold doned Lord Harold, upon a mutual
quietude and scontent, and perceived explanation, which takes place be that nothing but her natural sweetness of tween them a few days before her
temper enabled her to retain her usual death. Lord Harold, in consequence appearance of good humour. Unconof promises made to Gabrielle on her scious of any cause existing for such a death-bed, breaks off with the Coun- change, he forbore for some time remarktess of Marchmont; returns to Lon- ing it; but when he observed her cheerdon, and is ñow introduced by his ful gaiety of manners give place to silence mother to a Lady Emily, who, by the
and dejection, he could no longer refrain bye, has been for three years before from enquiries, whose answer was a pas
sion of tears, and an exclamation. That desperately in love with him: his
she was certain he did not love her!" mother intreats him to marry her, to
"" And what leads you to think so, which, after some hesitation, he con
Emily,' replied Lord Harold, much shocksents, with the declaration, however, ed at this abrupt assertion. that he could never love her as he did
"Because people that really love are Gabrielle, but would do his best to
every thing to each other, and can have be a good and honest husband, and no idea of any separate and individual make her happy.
enjoyment. Now you, Harold, find many Unfortunately, Lady Emily's pleasures in which I have no share, while
I have no satisfaction in any pursuit in “ Mind was not formed for moderate
which you do not participate. In this enjoyment; with her it was either ecstacy
case, then, it plainly appears that it is I or despair, rapture or agony, and her imagination, imbued with the romantic only who love.''
* Harold in vain represented to her, reveries of her favourite Rousseau, beheld no medium between the transports of
that a mutual attachment was by no means passion and the cold feelings of indiffer incompatible with a difference of pursuit,
or an observance of the common forms of The ravings of a distempered fancy she regarded as the genuine lan
society. Lady Emily was not to be con
vinced, and quoted a hundred absurd guage of love, and the idea of adoration
writers in support of an opinion as absurd, was always associated in her mind with that of a beloved object.”
when, finding that argument on this point
was unavailing, he gave up the atteinpt; The consequence was, that
but from that time he neither engaged in “ Lady Emily, who had expected to
hunting, sporting, or any other diversion, find an adoring and devoted husband in which Lady Emily did not share, and to the object of her ardent attachment, was
avoid the uneasy feelings occasioned him hurt at the tranquil and unimpassioned by seeing the latter expose herself to fa. affection of Haro!d, which was rather dis- tigues and inconveniences unsuited to played in his uniform tenderness and at.
her sex and delicacy, they were soon al. tention, than by sudden starts of fond together relinquished.” ness or expressions of admiration. Nei
We have thought proper to give ther his time nor his thoughts were exclusively engrossed by her, vor did he
this long extract, which, in our opientirely relinquish every intellectual study pion, explains perfectly well the naand manly exercise, because their pursuit ture of the quarrel, which bas ended included a temporary separation from his in the present separation of Lord fair partner. Her society, indeed, was Harold with his present wife. The always welcome ; but an unavoidable ab- remainder is occupied by a second sence did not call forth from Harold any episode, in which a gentleman of the of those violent demonstrations of alter
name of Fitzabin gets into the connate regret and rapture, which are the fidence of Lady Emily ; is suspected criterion of affection in romantic minds. by Lord Harold, who, in a duel, In the eyes of Lady Emily all this was a direct violation of the laws of Love, which
wounds him desperately, and, in his required, in her opinion, an exclusive distress, applies again to the Coundevotion to the beloved object, and her
tess of Marchmont, who takes adhusband could not possibly feel that senti vantage of his present troubles, and ment for her, since he was able to find entraps him to a nocturnal rendez
vous, where he is surprized by the Around, to screen her from her suitor suns, Count her husband, who institutes a Not all her many sweets she lavisbeth at suit at law against him, and recovers
LXV. 10,0001. This of course makes much noise, and brings Lady Emily and her Lock'd in the twilight of depending boughs friends to a final determination of Where Night and Day commingle, she
doth shoot offering to Lord Harold articles of
Where nightingales repeat their marriage separation.-The letters of Lady
First by retiring wins our curious foot, Emily and her friends are written with
Then charms us by her loveliness to suit high spirit; and the pride of our
Our contemplation to her lonely lot; hero is so much wounded, that he
Her gloom, leaf, blossom, fragrance, form, resists the advice of his best friends,
[spot, and sanctions the articles of separa- Which shall attract most belgards to the tion. - Here end the adventures of And loveliest her' array who fain would Harold the Exile. There are many in
rest unsought. cidental events besides; but they are
LXVI. hardly worth mentioning.
Her gloom the aisle of heavenly solitude ; As we have already exceeded our Her flower the vestal nun who there limits, we can only inform our Read
abideth; ers that the whole is well written, Her breath, that of celestials meekly woo'd and shows, in a great many instances, From Heav'n; her leaf the holy veil which that poetical enthusiasm in prose, which the Author knows well how to
Her form the shrine where purity resideth; make use of in verse.
Spring's darling, Nature's pride, the syl
van's queen30. Aonian Hours, a Poem, in Two Cantos, To her, at eve, enamourd zephyr glideth, with other Poems. By J. H. Wiffen. Trembling, she bids him waft aside her ( Concluded from p. 152.)
[scene." THE remembrance of the good And to his kisses, wakes—the Flora of the and truly great Howard, who resided The second Canto commences with in the neighbourhood of the scene in an eulogy on Shakspeare, and some which the Poem is laid, and which it
slight but delicate sketches of the appears he sometimes visited, is al
types of his everlasting genius ; a ways grateful to the mind ; not only transition is then made to our “mofor his devotion to the cause of suf. dern Timon," Lord Byrop : fering humanity, but also for the
XVII. brightness of the example which he
" Or to the modern Timon' let us turn, has left to others, to guide and ani
Whose deep misanthropy winds like a spell mate them in the same difficult and
Around our young affections till they burn divine pursuit; and particularly so, With feelings--visions which vo tongue when presented in the habit of such
[dwell, language and sentiment, as the tri. Harold! with thy dark grandeur will I bute conveyed in this Poem. We, All mad and moody, being as thou art however, prefer the noble stanzas on In the eye of fiery zealots, who compel this subject, wbich conclude the vo- Thy prince to wrap a mask about his lume, to those which have called forth
[sigbs we part. the present remarks; and as they have With smiles we ever melt, and 'tis with been presented to the Publick in an
XIX. interesting “ Life of Howard,” by In naked gloominess the pilgrim stands, J. B. Brown, Esq. we shall forego the No hope to wov, no danger to appal, pleasure of quoting them on the pre- In Christian, Turkish, and Barbaric lands, sent occasion.
Without his like, and saturnine in all, A lily of the valley is thus elo- His honey-drops of pleasure turn'd'to gall, quently eulogized :
Raising the fever which they sought to
A statue on its marble pedestal, “ Look on that flower-me daughter of
Whose nervous limbs some unguess'd pasthe vale,
[to ache. The Medicéan 'statue of the shade!
Where Grief seems to repose, or Agony
wrought; Folding her green scarf like a bashful If a belov'd finger touch'd the wire,
239 It deals around, amid the heaven of thought, in a delicate fable of his pupilage, Elysian lightnings with like music fraught, by the nymph Mnemosyne apd Fancy, Once snaptấno hand re-strings it, nor can who feed his aspirations with the steal
bright, the beautiful, and the grand The vestal flame which visits it unsought,
of Nature,-her rocks, hills, forests, But on the instrument Gloom sets his
and fountains. Of the minor poems [doth hourly feel. which are attached to
" Aonian This stroke the Poet's heart hath feltXXI.
Hours," we have little to say. They What marvel, then, if fancy should rebel evince throughout a brilliant, rather Against her first creations, and thus shape than a vivid, fancy,-chasteness rather Shadows on canvass-Tasso in his cell than a luxuriance of language,-and A Corsair anchoring off a Turkish cape,– a full vein of pure sentiment, of an A fiery Giaour, a Selim in escape, elegant rather than an original mind. Bleeding in death-or Hugo's fatal Alame? They abound, for the most part, in The cup which sparkld with the bright thoughts less forceful than fanciful
a lustre, indeed, which, like that If fill'd with wormwood to the brim will A harsh and bitter hue,--the spirit does
emitted from crystal, though bright
and irradiating, does not burn. XXII.
quote the following Stanzas, not Then to its first romantic dream recurring,
from any particular preference, but Recalls the fugitive which Pride exil'd; because they happen to be the shortest: Its first emotions in the pulse are stirring,
« No! not the tress round the mild eye Hence Love, pure, warm, and guileless as
Of Beauty, falls in a sweeter fold,
Tho' dark, it droops like a banner furling,
And not the smile on lips descending,
Bright with mirth, seems so divine,
As when, dearest Maid, dear Music is After some very elegant admoni- lending tions to the noble Poet, Mr. Wiffen Her soul to beautiful lips like thine ! thus concludes his address :
Tresses full faded, smiles are fleeting,
By those so beautiful lips of thine !")
A few instances of mysticism are to
be met with in the volume, and of sweet farewell."
what may be termed the manner of There is a very copious note on
Lord Byron carried to excess,-pasLord Byron, containing several anecdotes of his redeeming virtues, and tion is, to a certain degree, sacrificed
sages in which strength of concepof the unparalleled meanness and in
to elegance and harınony of style ; gratitude of some who have equally for instance abused his generosity and his name;
" near its summit the funeral yew but as it has found its way into many
Hath built hinself a pinnacle." P. 9. of the newspapers, and is withal tou long for quotation here, we must re
And addressing the cuckoo, fer our Readers to the Volume itself.
" to sit A very pleasantly told love-tale oc- Canopied in the gladdening horoscope cupies the better part of this Canto, Which thou, my planet, flung.” froin which, had our limits allowed These, however, are very slight deus, we could have presented our fects, balanced against so many beauReaders with some very interesting ties, and would, perhaps, hardly have extracts.
bceo goticed by us, but that the purer An elegant tribute is offered, at the and calger the stream, the more disconclusion, to the Poet of Memory, cernible are the minutest objects which float upon and deform its sur
“I believe a female visitor was never face. On the whole, we believe Mr.
known at Oakwood in the memory of any Wiffen to be in the possession of
of the servants; and my coming was as
much dreaded by the whole household, as poetical talents of no common order.
the arrival of the fox could have been He has developed very considerable
among the poultry. The master himself powers in the Volume which has eli
was not without his share of apprehen. cited these observations, and with
sion, both on my acconnt and his own : every good wish for his attaining to
on mine, lest he should not make bis that distinction he appears 80 emi- hóuse agreeable to me; on his own, lest nently to deserve, we will take our he should be put out of his way.
But now leave of him, with a sentiment of I have been here alınost a week, and the Petrarch, put forth on a very different servants find I do not allack them, and occasion ;
the master fiuds that I can provide for " Tanto te prego più
my own amusement, without putting him
to the heavy fatigue of entertaining me; Non lassar la magnanima tua impressa.”
we are the best friends in the world. Our
grand maxim is, that each shall have his 31, Oakwood Hall, a Novel ; including way, and no one shall interfere with the teay
a Description of the Lakes of Cumbers of another ; and if it were more widely land and Westmoreland, and a part of diffused, I believe society would be the South Wales. Catherine Hutton. better for it. 3 Vols. 1 2mo.
“ My brother's way is an uncommon THERE is no air of artifice or
one; but I do not condemn it on that ac.
count. He will not suffer any thing to be contrivance in this series of corre
killed in his house larger than a flea; spondence, yet it unfolds a very im.
Though he kuows his own grounds supply pressive and interesting story. The
his table with mution and venison, bis Letters, which successively detail the
farm-yard with poultry, and the adjoinincidents as they occur, seem to be ing river with fish. He will have every written on the inpulse of the mo. thing put to death instantly, and with as ment, and to express the feelivgs of little pain as possible, for its own sake; the several writers in the unrestrained and for his, he will have it done al the freedom of confidential intercourse.
farm-house, which is at a distance, that The same ingenuous artlessness is ob
he may not know when an animal is to die. servable in those parts which have no
“ In his younger days he was forid of immediate reference to the business hunting; but he has left it off from prinof the Novel, and are occupied chiefly be
ciple. He will eat of hare, if it have
been shot; for, as all creatures must die, by very animated descriptions of the
he thinks a gun may occasion less pain beautiful and romantic tracks of coun
than disease ; but he can no longer wit. try where the scene is dispersedly ness the dift,ress of a hare with the dogs laid. These digressions, which ap- in pursuit of her; or suffer such persecupear very natural in a work which, tion, where he is master. Even a fox, from its epistolary form, supposes
whom, as a robber and murderer, he the several characters to be occa- thinks it right to destroy, he will not allow sionally at a distance from each otber,
to be hunted. become less frequent and extensive
“ How then you say can an old bacheas the interest of the story heightens,
lor spend his time; for of course he will
neither shoot nor fish? you are right; he and they are wholly discontinued,
will not : but how he employs bis time when it approaches its climax.
you would find it difficult to guess. He Though the Author has given the
labours in his plantations. 'Not like a plot rather a serious complexion, her gentleman; but like a man, and harder penchant has led ber to deal largely than a man who works for hire. His calin the comic; and certainly, since the lous hands are familiar with the mattock, days of Tristram Shandy and Matthew the spade, and the wheelbarrow. His Bramble, there has not been brought pleasure.grounds are so extensive, that together such a groupe of humourists there is always room for improvement, at as the family party at Oakwood Hall. least, for alteration; and if he consider it The following full-length sketch of improvement, it is enough. In this place,
shrubs must be stocked up, the ground the master of the mansion may afford
must be dug three feet deep, the gravelly a presumptive notion of the set of
soil carried away, and manure and fresh originals whom he would be natu. "earth must be brought from a distance to rally disposed to admit within his supply its place. The whole must be fire-side circle.
levelled, and planted in a different form;