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That fringes it they leaned, and talked so long, That from contiguous worlds they were behell, And wondered at as beams of living light.'
While thus they stood or lay, there passed by A most erratick wandering globe, that seemed To run with troubled aimless fury on. The virgin, wondering, inquired the cause And nature of that roaming meteor world. When Cela thus :
"I can remember well When yon was such a world as that you A nursery of intellect, for those
Where matter lives not. Like these other worlds,
With wide and rapid motion. But the time
Where nought subsists in vain, remained no more!
Unto the verge of heaven, where we now stand,
Think of the impetus that urges on
These ponderous spheres, and judge of the event. Just in the middle of its swift career
Th' Almighty snapt the golden cord in twain
"Away into the sunless, starless void
Rushed the abandoned world; and thro' its caves,
Bursting away upon an arching track,
"But great is He who rules them! He can turn
"The time will come when, in likewise, the earth Shall be cut off from God's fair universe;
Its end fulfilled. But when that time shall be, From man, from saint, and angel, is concealed."—pp. 52, 57. We must be more brief in our notice of the remaining 'parts' of the poem. Part the Third is written in heroic couplets, and opens with an invocation to the harp of Imperial England.'
'Come thou old bass,-I lov'd thy lordly swell,
We should recommend Mr. Hogg, however, to omit in the next edition of his volume this and the three succeeding couplets, as very ill-according with the character of the poem, and altogether impertinent. The argument of the book is briefly summed up in the following lines.
· Sing of the globes our travellers viewed, that lie
In this canto the reader sensibly perceives himself to be nearing the earth again. Cela seems already transformed into a guide of material mould, and the poet, his pinions failing in that planetary atmosphere, assumes more of the appearance of an Aeronaut. The stiff and stately regularity of the rhyming couplet is well adapted to this alteration of movement; and, in
deed, the judicious variation and felicitous choice of rhythm throughout this poem, make it evident that a distinct untransferable character, and a peculiar power of expression attach to the different forms of versification, apart from the purpose for which they are employed, and constituting their adaption to particular subjects, while they shew that Mr. Hogg is well acquainted with his business as a versifier.
There are passages in this part of his work, however, of no ordinary merit; and we think it probable that with many the whole canto will be the favourite one. It is more didactic than the rest, and contains some fine strokes of satire, and some beautiful sentiments. The idea of the planet Venus, as
The land of lovers, known afar,
And named the evening and the morning star;
Is very py. The warlike sphere that wades in crimson like the sultry sun,' detains our poet too long, though it is made the subject of some fine descriptive passages. make room, however, only for the following very striking lines, which are introduced as illustrative of the idea, that there are ' prisons in the deep below.'
'O! it would melt the living heart with woe,
Had proved the source of their eternal grief:
For keeping back that knowledge they disdained.' p. 86.
We think our readers will concur with us in ascribing no or dinary character to such poetry as this.
The conclusion of the third part leaves Mary within the 'grave alone.' The Poet concludes,
'Here I must seize my ancient harp again,
Part the Fourth is, accordingly, in the varied measure of the modern metrical romance, and forms an appropriate sequel to the wondrous tale. The opening of it describes the terror and
confusion which prevailed at Carelha, when Mary was first missing. Her maidens knew
The third night of the moon in the wane.
And heard their small bugles, with airysome croon,
Her breathless form is at length found prostrate on the sward, if in calm and deep devotion.' Her death-like appearance is beautifully described; but
All earthly hope at last outworn,
We will not forestal the sequel, but leave our readers to satisfy their curiosity by perusing the volume for themselves; only just remarking that the effect of her mysterious return, at the hour of the ghost one sabbath night,' the exclamation of her lady mother, who instantly recognizes the foot of her daughter, but checks herself with
The grave is deep, it not be !'
And their meeting, when the door of the hall is opened, are in the most picturesque style of romantic adventure, and exquisitely touching.
• That mould is sensible and warm,
The kiss is sweet, and the tears are sheen,
Our limits warn us to conclude this article; and we have said enough to shew our estimate of Mr. Hogg's poetical genius. We rely upon him to justify our praise by his subsequent productions. If we have in any measure over-rated his abilities, It has not been owing to our having any private acquaintance with the man, or any partiality to the Author, save that partiality which we may be pardoned for feeling, in meeting with a production so delightfully adapted to the wildest rovings of our untamed fancy, and distinguished at the same time by so high a tone of purity and moral feeling.
An Ode to Superstition closes the volume. It is in the Spenserian stanza, and is interesting, not only on account of its intrinsic merit, but as developing some of the peculiar traits and sentiments of the Author's mind. We should have been glad to have entered at large into the subject in its relations to poctry, as we deem it one which has not obtained adequate at
tention, but we must reserve our remarks for another occasion. Mr. Hogg has meritoriously abstained from eking out his volume with notes, but a brief explanation of some local references, and of a few Scottish or provincial words, would have been very acceptable to his Southern readers.
Art. VI.-1. New Mathematical Tables, containing the factors,
Squares, Cubes, Square Roots, Cube Roots, Reciprocals, and Hyperbolic Logarithms, of all Numbers, from 1 to 10,000 ; Tables of Powers and Prime Numbers; an extensive Table of Formulæ, or General Synopsis of the most important Particulars relating to the Doctrines of Equations, Series, Fluxions, Fluents, &c. &c. By Peter Barlow, of the Royal Military Academy. 8vo, pp. lxii. 336.
Price 18s. boards. London, G. & S, Robinson. 1814. 2. Mathematical Tables, containing the Logarithms of all Numbers,
from 1 to 10,000; the Logarithmic Lines and Tangents to every Degree; a Traverse or Table of Difference of Latitude and Departure; with a Table of Rhumbs. By the Reverend William Alleyne Barker, 2+mo. p. 226. London, Reynolds, Oxford street, 1814.
proportion to the augmentation of the stock of mathe
matical knowledge, arises the expediency of tabulating results. Among the ancients, when the whole of mathematics consisted of plane and solid geometry, the conic sections, and a few elementary applications to mechanics, optics, and astronomy, men might carry all the principles, theorems, and problems in their minds, without any such burden as should drive them to seek adventitious aids; but in consequence of the wonderful extension given to the abstruse sciences during the last two centuries, circumstances have considerably changed. An investigator of sound and well exercised intellect, will remember principles, will be expert in his processes, and can, therefore, always deduce results : but that he may not find it absolutely necessary to waste his time and strength in deducing what has been inferred before, it is advisable, not merely that the most valuable particulars should be exhibited in the logical order in which they occur in our best treatises, but that theorems and other useful results should be thrown into synopses and tables, where they may at once be found; and employed in the investigation of the new problems upon which men of theory and men of practice are constantly einployed. To find the square root or the cube root of any proposed integer, requires an operation which every school-boy may perforın ; yet it would be exceedingly irksome for the matheinatical investigator of some problem in pneumatics or hydraulics, to be arrested in the midst of an inquiry, till he could carry through