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ly all that is good in Hogg--not a At times there come, as come there ought, twentieth part
of the Shepherd's atro- Grave moments of sedater thought,cities—and much merit peculiarly his When Fortune frowns, nor lends our own, which, according to our potion night of poetry, is beyond the reach of the One gleam of her inconstant light; Etirick bard. Yet Cunninghame has And hope, that decks the peasant's never written, and probably never will
Lower, write, anything so fortunate as the
Shines like the rainbow through the Queen's Wake.
A mother's heart shine in thine eye;
Speak of thee more than words can By Allan Cunninghame.
I think the wedded wife of mine, Oh! my love's like the steadfast sun, The best of all that's not divine ! Or streams that deepen as they run; We cannot help thinking, that poeNor hoary hairs, nor forty years,
try like this—for poetry assuredly it Nor moments between sighs and tears, Nor nights of thought, nor days of pain,
is-awakens a much deeper feeling Nor dreams of glory dream'd in vain,
than that sort of poetry, which, dealNor mirth, nor sweetest song which flows ing in troubled and sinful passions, To sober joys and soften woes,
might be supposed to have been groanCan make my heart or fancy flee
ed out to the Muse in auricular conOne moment, my sweet wife, from thee!
fession. There is something sickening
in your assiduous poetical sinner, who Even while I muse, I see thee sit
sees nothing grand but guiltthinks In maiden bloom and matron wit
life dull unless it be devilish, and is Fair, gentle as when first I sued,
oppressed with ennui, if forced for a Ye seem, but of sedater mood;
season to have recourse to some honest Yet my heart leaps as fond for thee employment. The truth is, that sane, As when, beneath Ardbiglan tree, sound, and simple nature, is the only We stay'd and woved, and thought the nature in which the real poet long
finds delight; and if sometimes he Set on the sea an hour too scon;
meddles with the morbid anatomy of Or linger'd ʼmid the falling dew,
the soul, it is that he may shew forth, When looks were fond and words were
in nobler proportions and diviner beaufew.
ty, the unimpaired structure of our
moral being. On this subject we shall Though I see smiling at thy feet
not now dilate ; but content ourselves Five sons and ae fair daughter sweet ; with remarking, that nothing is easier And time, and care, and birth-time woes, than to write in this diseased and drun. Hlave dimm'd thine eye, and touch'd thy ken style—and that nothing is more rose;
difficult than adequately-to speak of To thee and thoughts of thee belong
“ the sound healthy children of the All that charms me of tale or song; Gol of Heaven.” When words come down like dews un
North has just sent a devil to say, sought With gleams of deap enthusiast thought, month, so that we may make our ar
that he is to have no small print this And Fancy in her heaven flies freeThey come, my love, they come from
ticle a page or two longer than per orthee.
der. The easiest way of doing this is
by extracts.-So, fair reader, here is 0, when more thought we gare of old
a poem by Mr T. K. Hervey. He is To silver than some give to gold;
a young gentleman of very consideraTwas sweet to sit and ponder o'er
ble promise, and the Convict-Ship What things should deck our humble
will adorn even a page of Maga. We bower!
have a small volume of poems lately 'Twas sweet to pull, in hope, with thee, published by Mr Hervey, called “AusThe golden fruit from Fortune's tree;
tralia,” &c. which are much above And sweeter still to choose and twine mediocrity, and have attracted, as they A garland for these locks of thine- deserved, considerable notice.
No A song-wreath which may grace my JEAN,
man in the world likes so well as we While rivers flow and woods are green. do to see clever youths coming for
ward_and we at all times have shewn ing hand. Our friend Hervey has ourselves ready to lend them a help- feeling and fancy.
THE CONVICT SHIP.
By T. K. Hervey, Esq.
Night on the waves !-and the moon is on high,
'Tis thus with our life : while it passes along,
As it has been objected to us, that we Souvenir; and at the same time beg are too chary in general of poetical ef- leave to propose a toast—"The health fusions, (in answer to this charge, see of the Reverend E. W. Barnard.” Mr our pyramidical bard ^,) weshall quote Barnard, we learned t’other day, from another little composition from the our friend Martin M‘Dermot the Un.
merciful, is son-in-law to Arch-deacon Ripening every plant of worth, Wrangham. We were happy to hear Till it bud and blossom forth; it, on both their accounts. Mr Wrang- Chorus. -Strew about, strew about ! ham is one of the best scholars in Eng- 1st Angel. Flowers that hand of poet land; and that Mr Barnard has an exceedingly elegant mind, needs no May from heaven's pasture sever ; better proof than
Richer theirs than rose's hue!
Sweeter they than violet blue !
Chorus.-Strew about, strew about !
2. Angel. Gems that in profusion gay,
Fearing nothing of decay,
Over heart and over brow, Come with a poet's eye, and parent's Ever bloom as fresh as snow; heart,
Chorus. -Strew about, strew about ! And bless your bounteous Maker !
Ist Angel. Gladsome health to fire the There they sit,
eye, Beneath yon towering elms—a goodly And paint the cheek of infancy ; boy
Doubtless zeal, and guileless love, And gentle girl--their little arms around Manhood's rugged heart to move; Each other's necks entwining, as if loath Chorus. ---Strew about, strew about ! To play at worldly games, and minding 2d Angel. Lowly thought, and holy only
fear, Love, ceaseless love, the business of hea
Studious peace, and conscience clear,
And grace divine, to make them be Glows not thine heart within thee at the Meet for angels' company. sight?
Chorus. -Strew about, strew about ! Ha! nobler visions come and hark ! the voice
With these very beautiful verses, we Of more than earthly music! angel forms,
intended to have closed our article. Twin spirits, hovering o'er that infant
But on correcting the slip, we perceive pair,
that a few additional sentences are Illume, like sunshine, the departing skies,
necessary for the "
upmaking,” since So bright, so fond their smile !-And nothing looks so well at the top of a higher still,
page, as the title of an article and we (Such social charity prevails in heaven,) perceive that the title of the next is Cherub and seraph troop around to hear a taking one. What then shall we The guardians sing their gracious benison. say? why, that all our good Poets, yes, These, hand in hand, poised on their one and all of them, should contribute snow-white wings,
to the next volume of the Literary Alternate sing, and at each choral pause Souvenir. What difficulty is there Lift up to One Unseen their waving in writing a beautiful poem of fifty palms,
lines, long or short inetre, any sum, And draw down blessings. O'er their
mer morning before breakfast ? Coninnocent charge
sider how early the sun rises all the sumIn plenteous showers the ready blessings. mer through, from about the beginning fall,
of May, well on to the end of SeptemTo mortal vision like ethereal dews, Odours, or rarest flowers, or costly gems,
ber. Suppose you breakfast at nine
or half past nine. Well then, up with Or stars of mildest lustre :- Beautiful, And passing speech, in plenteous shower you at five—and before the bell rings, they fall,
there is your poem. Lay it aside for
a week-correct it over your egg any And ever and anon the ministering spirits, With looks that shew unutterable love,
sunshining morning-into the form of Bend o'er the infants, and resume their
a letter with it—and off she goes to
the tune of Alaric A. Watts, Esq. Leeds. song.
Nothing can be more easy and simple Chorus. -Strew about, strew about!
than this process,--and by and by 1st Angel. Dews from an immortal
down comes, or up goes to you your wing,
beautiful large paper copy of the SouLittle bosoms nourishing ;
venir, with the worthy Editor's kind Smiles of an immortal glow,
regards, and a pleasantly indited letMaking goodly seed to grow;
ter. Therefore, Wordsworth, god of Chorus. -Strew about, strew about! the woods, “ sole king of rocky Cum2d Angel. Drops of radiance, glittering berland,"alyrical ballad, if you please, bright,
or a small portion, a very small porFrom the face of orient light,
tion, of the Excursion.--Southey, with
wit and wisdom at will, dispatch & yet we much fear, after all, that we have few pages of Omniana.—Coleridge, said nothing very characteristic of the thou dear delightful dreamer, whose Souvenir. The truth is, that we have genius is ever sailing up a great too much genius to write a good review. river, great as any sea,
at thy bid- Howsomever, we beg leave to inform ding, let a flock of fair phantoms the public, pro bono publico, that the flit down to Leeds, on the ready rail- volume contains precisely 394 printed road of thy inventive imagination. pages, written by popular authorsten O, thou English Opium-Eater, “pere (ni fallor) exquisite engravings by haps the most singular literary cha- the first artists and three plates of racter now alive !" who, from that lit- autographs of the principal Living tle box of enchantment, dost devour Poets. Besides the poetry, of which divinest fancies, remember not to for- we have quoted some average speciget the Literary Souvenir.-Christo- mens, there are some half-a-score of pher North, thou terror of evil-doers, prose tales, picturesque or pathetic. and praise of such as do well, fling to The prose tales are in general good your friend Alaric a chip or two of the excellent; but we have a certain odd old block, and he will prize them as notion that we could write a better one parings from olive tree in the sacred than any of them; and we hereby progrove of Athens.--Barry Cornwall, my mise to make this threat good before pretty man, take off your new natty October. Shall we send it direct to yellow glove, and taking care not to Messrs Hurst, Robinson, and Co., or ink your snow-white finger, indite an to yourself, Mr Watts, at Leeds ? As ode to the chaste Dian, or Boy En- we shall probably be in town before dymion, or him the hapless Hylas, publication of the next Souvenir for Nestor, Hyacinthus, Sappho, or Ju- 1826, we can hand it over the counter piter Ammon. But we have said to Mr Mann, who, by the way, is an enough-the British Poets know what extremely pleasant man, indeed, and we mean, and we insist on our wishes an excellent traveller. being attended to in all proper quar- O vain race of mortals ! how and by ters. The truth is, and we may as
what means have any of you ever well out with it, that we long to have brought yourselves to think ill of Black a hit at some poet or other. We can- wood's Magazine ? What Editor in not think of attacking their former England would admit into his periworks—that would seem spiteful—but odical this same blessed article? Not we should like hugely to fall foul of an one. And why? Is it deficient in occasional poem from the pen of any wit, fancy, understanding, or knowone of our most highly and justly es- ledge? Most certainly not. On the teemed living poets.
contrary, it possesses all those qualiHere have we been dallying away ties, to a truly extraordinary degree. our time, pen in hand, for a couple of Why then would no editor but Chris hours, like an absolute Dr Drake, and topher rejoice in this my article ?
BECAUSE NO OTHER EDITOR HAS A HEART,
CAMPBELL'S THEODRIC. What man of middle age does not themes ; and while yet upon the verge remember, with something like a re of manhood, and by one startling and petition of the pure, bright, original wonderful effort, which commanded feeling, the enthusiastic transport of glory, Campbell was admitted, by hail delight with which, in his youthful and acclaination, into the company of prime, he hung over the beautiful the immortals. pages of “ The Pleasures of Hope?” We have been speaking ofour youthAs he read that noblest production ful feelings some twenty-five years of early genius, what music sounded ago, (for opinions we shall not call through his imagination and his sen them,) of “ The Pleasures of Hope ;" ses, now like the murmur of a river, and perhaps they were not greatly difand now like the voice of the sea ! - ferent from the feelings with which Everything was splendid and sono we still occasionally peruse that poem. rous in that dream of beautified subli But now we are critics, which then
a purer ether, a diviner we were not, and that must make conair," seemed shed over
our lower siderable difference, whether we will world. The young poet poured forth or no, between the present and the his emotions in the evident rapture of past. Faults and vices of diction now inspiration, and rejoiced in the yet stare us in the face in the composition unbaffled prowess of his genius, as he we once esteemed pure, faultless, percareered over the course that his fancy fect. Nay, what is far worse, we canshaped through the glittering domains pot but discover many imperfect and of life, all fresh and fair to the spirit confused conceptions, no-meanings inthat poured over them the charms of numerable, vague and indefinite aspiits own creative energies. Truly might rations, needless repetitions, pompous it be said of Mr Campbell, du- and inane common-places, boyish dering his composition of that immortal clamations, much false glitter, feeblepoem, in the language of Collins, ness strutting on stilts, melodies wea“ that Hope enchanted, smiled, and risomely monotonous, and the substiwaved her golden hair.” He seemed tution of phantasmagorial shadowings to have no fixed plan-no regular or of fancy, for the permanent realities of der-but all was one glorious tumult life. Is all this, indeed, true? and if of exulting passions, moving to their true, is it at all reconcilable with our cwn music. The untamed soul of previous panegyrical paragraph? youth spoke in every line-in every Now, the solution of the difficulty, image. “A beautiful array of words (if there be a difficulty here) is to be came processionally onwards, “ the found in this—that Mr Campbell was long-resounding march and energy di a very young man when he wrote his vine ;” and we felt, from the begin- poem, and we were a very young man ning to the end, “ this indeed is poe- when we read his poem. But, fortutry.” A visionary loveliness bedewed nately for his fame, there will always the whole world of the young poet's be a vast crowd of young people in the genius; and not one homely concep- world, and most of them will admire tion, not one prosaic form of speech, and delight in Mr Campbell. Such at any time broke the dream of imagi- of them as do not, will never be good nation. If the feeling flagged, the for much, and most probably will fancy was instantly on the wing—if prove to be Cockneys. Every promithe sense failed, the sound conquered sing youth will buy a copy of the -pictures of mind alternated richly Pleasures of Hope, in his fifteenth year, with pictures of nature-pathos ex or sooner if precocious. Edition will panded into majesty, and a strain that pursue Edition : Campbell will always began perhaps in graceful simplicity, be a classic-and elegantly bound and ended in the most gorgeous magnifi- richly lettered, he will, as far as we
The whole was the work of a can see, lie on the drawing-room tables fine and fortunate genius, inspired by of the ingenuous and polite, until the the finest and most fortunate of extinction of civility in this empire.
• Theodric, a Domestic Tale; and other Poems. By Thomas Campbell. London : Longman and Co. 1824.