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seemingly unnatural; so we pass it Find favour in thy sight. O Lord, come over, and give the conclusion of the
Burn, and consume the victim. Cain, after a long life of agony and
(Darkness, thunders, and lightnings.
Seth. : guilt, lies stretched at last on the very Oh may these horrors spare thee!
Brother --Cain grave of the murdered Abel; his fa
Sullen shades ther is beside him, and God is thun- of darkness veil the earth ; thou righteous dering in the sky. The situation is
Heaven, grandíy, and sublimely, and terribly From thy avenging bolt the sufferer imagined ; and though the execution is Guard in thy mercy,--thou most awful scarcely equal to the design, it certain night, ly exhibits Mr Lyndsay's power in the That circleth thus our world, and blotteth most favourablelight, and justifies fully all that we have now ventured to say The glories of the day! Th' unhappyin his praise.
I hear no more the arguish of his cries,
The thunderbolt hath still’d them. Mercy,
elder born, where art thou? Gone --
The Eternal hath accorded his sad prayer, • Thy wanderings are past, here lie thee And with the lightning is his being gone. down
He came in misery into the world, For thy last expiation. God, I pray thee,
In darkness hath departed. Lo! a heap Let not this be a mockery, for thou see'st
Of smoking ashes, on the mouldering bunes How all reject me. It is thy decree,
Of the first sleeper lies ; it is the last And now I murmur not; but, if thy will
Sad remnant of the slayer ; the grieved Summon me not, I shall devoted stand
earth Alone again, the outcast of the earth, The loathed of all her sons. My strength Devours the murderer, he is entomb’d
Refuseth him a grave, the fiery dvom is gone, And the dark fiend that doth beset my soul By that which hath consumed him; he
hath been Whispers me of despair. Oh, help me,
Still sacred to his God, and sacredly
The wrath-devoted dies. May we to dust
Commit those ashes ? No! the winds of Give me not up to hell. My punishment
Heaven, Hath mighty been, and mightily I have
The breath of the Almighty stirs them Borne the serere decree. My bloody hands,
from Now purified by sufforing, I upraise
Their resting-place, and scatters them From that deep bed where the slain victim
Cain's atoms rise,--no more a heap of Unto thine eye ---avert it not, O God !
dust, The red stain is effaced! Oh, look down,
But mingled with creation. Air, earth, Look down with mercy on me ;---if my
Take each your several offerings !"
We have given copious quotations
breast, Then call me from this earth,---ar
,---arm thy say to decide on his merits. We do not right hand
fear to say, that he is a poet with much With thy tremendous bolt, and strike me feeling and no little imagination. His dead !
chief fault is a dim and misty splenCome, vivid lightning, spare no more this dour indiscriminately flung over all his head,
conceptions, by which the very eye of But crumble it to cinders, and upon the mind is dazzled, and from which Thy wing of glory, bear my mounting it would fain seek relief. There is no
soul, To seek for pardon at th' Almighty's simplicity; for soft, tender, and care
less touches at once awaken the heart; throne. Come, God of justice---God of mercy, now
and nothing like delineation of chaAccept the sacrifice I place upon
racter ;-neither is there much curious This grave become thine altar; thou didst or profound knowledge of passion; and spurn
the poet is sometimes weakest when The first I offer'd, let this one, this last, he ought to be most strong. But Mr
Lyndsay conceives situations very fine- Deluge is conceived in a very awful ly' and originally; his diction is often mood of the imagination ;-vast and magnificent, and his imagery striking dark images of horror and crime, like ånd appropriate ; he seems to write in the shadows and the gloom of storms, a sort of tumult and hurry of young move around the scene, and suggest delight, and therefore is often insensi associations of terror, far more thrilling ble to the monotony and even dulness than the most distinct portraiture of of long passages, which sorely try the individual character. The Plague of reader in a calm and composed peru. Darkness, and the Last Plague, have sal ; he pitches his tone too high, and already adorned our pages. Rizpah, walks too much on stilts ; his bad pas as a delineation of the craze of grief, sages, accordingly, are extravagant, is full of strong and affecting touches bombastical, and not to be read at all; of pathos. The description of the but when the situation of his person- silent spirit of Saul hovering round ages is pathetic or sublime, Mr Lynd- the bodies of his sacrificed children, say is often most effective; and we cannot be thought on without painful have no doubt that we have quoted sentiments of sympathy and sorrow. enough to prove, that if a young wri In Sardanapalus, the author will ter, which can scarcely be doubted, again be brought into comparison with high hopes may be justly formed of Byron. In his conception of the situhim who, in a first attempt, has pro- ation, we doubt if the noble poet will duced so much poetry true to nature, be found to have surpassed him. In the and belonging to the highest province appropriate expression of passion, Mr of imagination.
Lyndsay is not so successful, though Prefixed to this volume, we find the here and there he darts gleams of the following Advertisement:
intensest feeling, and at times puts
such energy into the kindled heroism “ It may be necessary for me to say of Sardanapalus, that his soul appears something respecting the singular coincidence of my having chosen the same sub- sparkling and glowing beneath the jects as Lord Byron for two of my Dramas. falling of his fortunes like the thunI entreat permission to assert, and credit derbolts under the hammers of the when I do assert, that it is entirely acci- Cyclops. dental : that my Dramas were written long But Sardanapalus is here a full before Lord Byron's were announced, — formed hero,-already he has been the before I could have had any idea that his Hector of battles, and the young brilliant pen was engaged upon the Drama voluptuary is almost forgotten in the at all. The inferiority of the execution of stern and gallant soldier. The inmine may perhaps lead me to regret that I have selected the same subjects, otherwise
terest is in consequence weakened I never can lament any coincidence with that he will perish gloriously; and he
can anticipate from the first, the admired Author of Manfred and Childe is introduced to us as claiming and Harolde.” The coincidence certainly is very
meriting our sympathy. singular; and the overpowering influ- would have been to have shewn him
What a triumph of dramatic art it ence of Byron's name may prevent full in his state of abasement, and to have justice being done to Mr Lyndsay. But exhibited the first stirrings of his lawe are greatly mistaken if his Lordship himself will not admire many
tent energy, gradually developing all
his powerö, till the whole splendour things in these first productions of a
and pride of his nature had burst out youthful muse, at once modest and into that confiagration of spirit, with ámbitious. Our extracts have been which he at once met and avenged his wholly from one Drama—not because doom. We know not, indeed, in the we think it absolutely the best, but whole range of human passion, any that the public might judge of the incident so calculated to produce the force of the poet's mind in its conti- noblest stage-effect, than the moment nuous flow. The conception of the when Sardanapalus, awakened to the state of Cain is beyond doubt very ter, danger and greatness of his situation, rible and poetical, and has occupied roused himself, and bade the writer's mind almost to the exclusion of all other permanent thoughts
66 The weak wanton Cupid or feelings. But perhaps readers, ac -Unloose his amorous fold, cording to their peculiar tastes, will And, like a dew.drop from the lion's mane, prefer some of the other pieces. The Be shook to air.”
CAPTAIN COCHRANE, AND THE NORTH-EAST CAPE OF ASIA. and In a late number of the Quarterly Re On the 6th of May, 1820, he ad. hoc view, we were informed that Henry dressed the Russian Government on 4, Dundas Cochrane, à commander in the the subject of his intended journey, u British Navy, had set out from St Pe- stating that he wished to travel in the por tersburgh, under theauspices of the Im eastern parts of the Empire ;-his atThe perial Government, to proceed through tempt to be considered as that of añ t Plan the interior of Russia to the East of individual unauthorised by his own aus. -Asia, with the view of ascertaining Government, and requesting, cruz whether the “ North East Cape” was 1st, Not to be molested on his jour
ureally a Cupe, or part of a continuous ney. riptis neck of land, by many supposed to 2d, Assistance and protection if re
unite the two Continents of Asia and quired, and general facilities to be aficed America. All this we knew, as well forded. inte as the journal in question; and being 3d, Permission to join the Russian 24 aware of the sources from which the Polar Expedition if he should fall in
Reviewer was accustomed to draw his with it, and to accompany it as far as information on all matters connected he might be inclined.
with Russian discoveries, weshould ne The Russian Government having,
ver have expected any thing in the shape in the handsomest manner, granted Which of a hoax. The “ respectable corres him all he asked, the traveller imme
pondent,” however, succeeded in ma- diately set out, making the best of his
The following may be regarded as a ly reception. Leaving Barnahoole, he short, but authentic account of Cap- rejoined the high road to Irkutzk at tain Cochrane's proceedings:
Tomsk, along which he held till he
reached the Baikal (in perfect health) ourselves, we never entertained any on the 123d day after leaving St Peters- doubt of the termination of Asia at burgh ; having traversed 8000 versts Cape North-East. Many have dlout:of country. This was at the rate of ed however, even Russians; and it is about 43 miles a-day, which the Quar- gratifying to think that the doubt is terly must allow somewhat to exceed now solved, and by one of that counany thing hitherto recorded in the an- try which has done, and is doing, so nals of pedestrianism.
much for the advancement of gagnaAt first, it was Captain Cochrane's phical knowledge. intention to have wintered at Irkutzk, From what we have learnt, the rebut he saw reason to change his mind, mote countries through which Captain and embarking on the Lena on the Cochrane has passed are highly inte14th of September, he reached Ja- resting in a geological point of view; kutzk on the 16th of October. Here but we are not aware bow far bis etehe found 16 degrees of frost by Réau- cation has fitted him for observatio meur, which obliged him to exchange in this department of science. It is the nankeen jacket he had hitherto certain, however, that he acquired an worn for a warmer covering. Quitting extensive and valuable collection et Jakutzk on the 30th of October, he specimens during his stay at Irkutzk; held north-eastward, till on the 30th of and it is confidently reported at St Pie December, he reached Nijnei Kolyma, tersburgh, that he intends making a in long. 164, where he met the Rus- magnificent present of minerals to the sian Expedition proceeding to the Pole. Museum of the University of EdizThe frost now ranged from 35 to 42 of burgh. Réaumeur. During this journey Cap Captain Cochrane expresses himseif tain C. travelled upwards of 400 miles most gratefully towards the Russian without meeting a human being. government for the truly liberal ma
Leaving Nijnei Kolyma, (or Kovy- ner in which he has been treated ma, as it is written in some of the Everywhere the authorities vied with maps,) Captain C. proceeded to Tchut- each other in shewing him attention ski fair, where he gained much sa This is as it should be, and we feel tisfactory geographical information re- pleasure in making it universal, specting the north-east of Asia. He known. ascertained the existence of the N. E. Captain C.'s personal habits mos Cape. “ All doubts,” he says, “ being have contributed not a little to lesen now solved, not by calculation, but the irksomeness of a journey neces:ocular demonstration. Its latitude and rily attended with many and sever. longitude are well ascertained, and its hardships. Wherever he went, he sett* mineralogical specimens are now by easily to have accommodated bimseh me."
to the habits of the people, hoteles Having returned from Kolyma, he rude and disgusting. With the Rxset out for the town of Ochotzk, situ- macks, he eat horse-flesh, elks, ar ated on the sea of that name, where he wolves; and with the Tchutshi he four arrived, after a most laborious journey as little difficulty in pasturing up of 75 days. In his last letter, which bears, rein-drer, and raw froza tisk: is dated rom Otchozk, he mentions the iast of which, indeed, he calls : his intention of setting out in a few great delicacy! Few of our sciente days for Kamchatka, traversing that men could stomach these cates. THpeninsula from south to north, till he stoutest hearted of them are too old. reach ljigink; from whence, he says, or (fortunately for themselves, if na he will return to Europe through Asia for science,) " have other fish to frs. by a different route from that he came. There is no saying, however, wha: He adds, that he will not go to Ame- may happen. If Professor Jamesa rica, as it is quite unnecessary.” He could meet with a pupil of bodily expects to be in St Petersburgh in the strength, and zeal for the advancement
of science equal to his own, the yain: So far as yet appears, Capt. Coch- man might possibly (after four geolo rane seems to have acquitted himself gical campaigns with the Protescer is well, and deserves to have his name Lord Reay's country,) be found quplaced on the list of those of his coun- lified for discharging the duty of : trymen who have contributed to the scientific missionary, even at Tehutzstock of geographical science. As for koy Noss.
fall of next year.
ON THE LATE RUMOUR OF A CHAXGE OF ADMINISTRATION.
Enter RUMOUR, painted full of Tongues.
Stuffing the cars of men with false reports. The great Alarm of the year 1821 “ Good God !” they exclaimed in one having subsiderl, and the national voice, "Is it possible that North has actranquillity being in some measure re- cepted the seals of office?” Bui a inan's storell, we find it to be an imperious real character is seldom known even to duty to publish a short Statement of his most intimate friend. Mine, we Facts. A sincere regard for our own frankly confess, was not known to ourcharacter, and forthe peace of the coun- selves. But the time came when it was try, alike impel us to the course we are suddenly revealed to us, as in a dream. now going to pursue. These are the two We felt, that though nature had imobjects that have ever been nearest to bued us with the love of privacy, she our heart ; and after the late unhappy had, at the saine time, endowed us agitations, we feel that, in our hands, with the power of publicity; and that they are both safer than ever. Indeed precise era in the history of the world the most delightful reward which a having arrived when such a man was patriot can receive for his public ser necessary to the salvation of his counvices, next to the approbation of his try, and of Europe, we took lodgings own conscience, is that of his country. in Edinburgh, and made Mr BlackRich in both, loaded with years and wood the proprietor and publisher of honours, we can have little more to our Magazine. hope for on this side of the grave. But Of our administration of the affairs that posterity may know the facts, of this country, during the last four without that inixture of fiction which years, we leave posterity to judge. folly and faction ever delight to inter But having entered into office on a weave with the narrative of great pub- sudden intimation mysteriously conic transactions, we willingly devote veyed to us of our destiny, and having in afternoon to millions yet unborn, remained at the helm during the most ud anticipate, with an unseen smile tempestuous weather that had ever asof solitary satisfaction, the heartfelt sailed the Vessel of the State, gratitude of succeeding generations. seemed to feel the same intimation to
The world will, by this time, be return to our small paternal property lware that we allude to the late Na near Peebles, and pass the remainder ional Distress, consequent on the Ru- of our life in placid contemplation of nour that we were about to retire that national prosperity so entirely roin the Editorship of Blackwood's created by ourselves. Nor, in doing Magazine.
so, were we either in want of examples It is true that we had sent in our of similar conduct in other first-rate esignation. Nor, on the calmest and men, nor of arguments in our favour nost impartial consideration of our mo much nearer home. For to omit menives, can we detect in them one feel- tion of the numerous kings, statesng or one thought which a philoso- men, and warriors, who, in the decline her and a philanthropist, such as we or even prime of life, had retired to re, need blush to own. The truth is, some quiet nook of the land, which hat nature intended us for private ra- by their wisdom or valour they had her than for public life; and they who saved, the chalk-stones in the forenew us during the first fifty years of finger of our right hand, like those ur existence, may recollect their as which annoyed Milton, greatly inonishment on our accepting the situ- creased in size, and rendered the opetion of Prime Editor of Great Britain. ration of writing painful in the ex
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