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more favourable than has yet been publicly expressed ; but we regret that he should spend his strength in beating the air from Lisbon to Moscow, and from Moscow to Amsterdam, instead of displaying his admirable powers to the highest adlvantage in a narrower compass. When we see a poem, equally long and excursive, accomplishing all that has been unreason ably expected of Mr. Southey, we will judge him by that as a standard. Filicaja's two Odes, on the siege of Vienna, and that addressed to Sobiesky, King of Poland, rank among the noblest lyrics of any age or country; but there is an undistracted interest, a perfect unity in the subject of the former two, while the latter is a crown of glory to both. Had Filicaja himself attempted to sketch in rhyme the history of Europe for only twelve months, he would not have succeeded better than our countryman has done in his poetical retrospect
Of all the forms of verse which Mr. Southey has attempted, we think he shines least in the Ode. His measures are frequently slow, interrupted, or inharmonious. In the work be.' fore us, abounding with vigorous, manly, and patriotic sentiments, the diction, the pauses, the turns, and the whole strain of argument, are rather those of eloquence than of poetry. The following lines will illustrate our meaning, and also discover the politics of the piece: the latter, however, we shall not presume to criticise.
• O virtue, which above all former fame;
Exalts her venerable name!
That with that mighty peril ful in view,
Her counsels, to abase her lofty crest,
But ready still to succour the oppress'd,
Offering redemption to the groaning world.
His chains he broke,
For well he knew that wheresoe'er
Her arm be present there.
On England, on her old ally for aid
And well that old ally the call obey'd,
Well was her faithful friendship then repaid.' pp. 7, 8. The following is incomparably the grandest stanza in the poem.
From Spain the living spark went forth ;
It warms,-it fires the farthest North.
Meets the Tyrant in his might;
Rises more glorious from his fall;
Treads in the path of duty and of fame.
See Austria from her painful trance awake!
Up Germany - with all thy nations risc !
Land of the virtuous and the wise,
chains upon the oppressor's head
Glory to God! Deliverance for Mankind !' pp. 16, 17. Though the march of the numbers in this magnificent stanza is at first heavy, there is a rising gradation of thought, language, harmony, interest, and emotion, amidst the changes of scene, subject, and imagery, to the very last line, when
Glory to God! Deliverance for Mankind ! is sounded forth with a voice of music and of power, that might “ create a soul under the ribs of death.” Three such stanzas would have constituted a finer New Year's Ode than we have ever met with from a Poet Laureat's
Further criticism and quotation are equally unnecessary, the Poem itself having been made universally public by the periodical press.
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