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Long'st thou for tale of goblin-guarded portal?
First Robber. Mock me not thus—Hast met him of a truth ?—
Bertram. Well, fool—
First Robber. Why then heaven's benison be with you.
Upon this hour we part—farewel for ever.
For mortal cause I bear a mortal weapon—
But man that leagues with demons lacks not man.
The description of the fiend's port and languages—the effect which the conference with him produces upon Bertram's mind,— the terrificdignity with which the intercourse with such an associate invests him, and its rendering him a tenor even to his own desperate banditti,—is all well conceived, and executed in a grand and magnificent strain of poetry; and, in the perusal, supposing the reader were carrying his mind back to the period when such intercourse between mortals and demons was considered as matter of indisputable truth, the story acquires probability and consistency, even from that which is in itself not only improbable but impossible. The interview with the incarnate fiend of the forest, would, in these days, be supposed to have the same effect upon the mind of Bertram, as the 'metaphysical aid' of the witches produces upon that of Macbeth, awakening and stimulating that appetite for crime, which slumbered in the bosom of both, till called forth by supernatural suggestion. At the same time, while we are happy to preserve a passage of such singular beauty and power, we approve of the taste which retrenched it in action. The suadente diabolo is now no longer a phrase even in our indictments; and we fear his Satanic Majesty, were he to appear on the stage in modern times, would certainly incur the appropriate fate of damnation.
To return to the present work.—We observe, with pleasure, that Mr Maturin has put his genius under better regulation than in his former publications, and retrenched that luxuriance of language, and too copious use of ornament, which distinguishes the authors and orators of Ireland, whose exuberance of imagination sometimes places them in the predicament of their honest countryman, who complained of being run away with by his legs. "fhis excessive indulgence of the imagination is proper to a country where there is mote genius than taste, and more copiousness than refinement of ideas. But it is an error to suffer the weeds to rush up with the grain, though their appearance may prove the richness of the soil. There is a time when an author should refrain, like Job, 'even from good words—though it shduld be pain to him.'—And although we think Mr Mathurine has reformed that error indifferently well, in his present work, we do pray him? in, his future compositions, to reform it altogether. For the rest, we dismiss him with our best wishes, and not without hopes that we may again meet him in the maze of fiction, since, although he has threatened, like Prospero, to break his wand, we have done our poor endeavour to save bis book from being burned*
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The Farmer's Magazine. No. 74. '"i •
An Essay on Agriculture, containing an Introduction, in which the science of Agriculture is pointed out, by a careful attention to the works of Nature; also the means of rendering barren soils luxuriantly productive; to which is added a Memoir, drawn up at the express desire of his Imperial Highness the Archduke John of Austria, on the Nature and Nutritive Qualities of Fiorin Grass, &c. By W . Richardson, D. D.
Considerations respecting Cambridge, more particularly relating to its Botanical Professorship. By Sir James Smith, M.D. F. R. S. 8vo. 2s. 6d.
Mr Kendall, architect, of Exeter, has just published an Elucidation of the first principles of English Architecture, usually denominated Gothic. The work comprises upwards of 20 finely engraved plates by Mr Storer, respresenting Elevations, &c. taken from the Cathedral Church of Exeter.
New Churches Considered, with respect to the Opportunities they offer for the encouragement of Painting. By B. R. Haydon. 8vo. Is. 6d.
No. I. of a Series of Twelve Portraits of Distinguished Living Characters of Scotland; containing heads of Walter Scott, Esq. Francis Jeffrey, Esq. and Henry Raeburn, Esq.; drawn and etched by William Nicholson; accompanied with short Biographical Notices. Size of the plates H inches by 9. Price of each number 1/. lis. 6d. for proofs on India paper; and 1/. Is. for plain impreseions. J
Vol, xxx. No. 59. R
The Elgin Marbles, from the Temple of Minerva at Athens; selected from Stuart and Revett's Antiquities of Athens: To which is added, an Historical Account of the Temple, in Sixty Engravings. 4to. 5l. 5s.
The History and Antiquities of Gainsborough: together with a Topographical and Descriptive Account of Stow, principally in Illustration of its claim to be considered as a Roman Sidnacester. By Adam Stark, with plates. 8vo. 10s. 6d.;—royal 8vo. 1/. Is.
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Memoirs of J. Evelyn, Esq. the celebrated Author of the Sylva. By W. Bray, Esq. with many Engravings. 2 vol. 4to.
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