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I have stated my frec opinion, nor has he thence, conld impart a little of his gentility to kis mes sustained any injury: what scavenger was ever ordinate 'scribblers. I hear that Mr. Jerningkas foiled by being pelted with mud? It may be is about to take up the codgels for his Meetan, said that I quit England because I have censured Lord Carlisle: I hope not; he was one of the there “persons of honour and wit about town;" few who, in the very short intercourse I had but I ain coming back again, and their vengeance with him, treated me with kindness when a heg will keep hot till my return. Those who know and whatever he may say or do, “pour an, 1 me can testify that my motives for leaving Eng will endure." I have nothing farther to land are very different from fears, literary or save a general note of thanksgiving to readen, personal; those who do not, may one day be purchasers, and publisher; and, in the verb convinced. Since the publication of this thing, Scott, I wish my name has not been concealed; I have been
To all and each a fair good night, mostly in London, ready to answer for my transgressions, and in daily expectation of sundry
And rosy dreams and slumbers light. cartels ; but, alas! “The age of chivalry is over, or, in the vulgar tongue, there is no spirit nowa-days.
There is a youth yclept Hewson Clarke, (oub. The following Lines were written by Mr. audi, Esq.) a sizer of Emanuel College, and I gerald in a Copy of English Bardo and Sestal believe a denizen of Berwick upon Tweed, whom Reviewers I have introduced in these pages to much better company than he has been accustomed to meet : I find Lord Byron scorns my musehe is, notwithstanding, a very sad dog, and, for Our fates are ill agreed ! no reason that I can discover, except a personal His verse is safe-I can't abuse quarrel with a bear, kept by me at Cambridge
Those lines I never read. to sit for a fellowship, and whom the jealousy of his Trinity - cotemporaries prevented from enccess, has been abusing me, and, what is worse, the defencelese innocent above mentioned, in Lord Byron accidentally met with the Copy, mai the Satirist, for one year and some months. I subjoined the following pungent Reply :am utterly unconscious of having given him any provocation; indeed I am guiltless of having What's writ on me, cried Fitz, I never madheard his name, till it was coupled with the What's wrote by thee, dear Fitz, none will inderd Satirist. He has therefore no reason to complain, The case stands simply thus, then, honest Fils and I dare say that, like Sir Fretful Plagiary, Thou and thine enemies are fairly qnits, he is rather prased than otherwise. I have now Or rather would be, if, for time to come, mentioned all who have done me the honour to They luckily were 'deaf, or thou wert dualnotice me and mine, that is, my Bear and my But, to their pens while scribblers add then Book, except the Editor of the Satirist, who, it
tongues, seems, is a gentleman, God wot! I wish' he The waiter only can escape their lung.
NOTES TO THE CURSE OF MINERVA., “When Penua half avenged Minerra's showe
The queen of night asserts her silent reign. His lordship's name, and that of one who
p. 605. Jonger bears it, are carved conspicuously on 'The twilight in Greeee is much shorter than Parthenon above; in a part noi far distantan in our country; the days in winter are longer, the torn.re
the torn remnants of the basso-relievas, destrem bat in summer of less däration.
in a vain attempt to remove them. These Cecrops placed-thin Pericles adorn'd-1
Athene, no! the plunderer mas a Scot!
! The plaster wall on the west side of the fet
[p. 605. This is spoken of the city in general, and not
ple of Minerva Polias bears the following is of the Acropolis in particular. The temple of
scription, cut in very deep characters: Jupiter Olympius, by some supposed the Pan
Quod non fecerunt Goti, theon, was finished by Hadrian: sixteen columns
Hoc fecerunt Scoti. are standing, of the most beautiful marble and #tyle of architecture.
And own himself an infent of fourstore. Th' insulted wall sustains his hated name. Mr. West, on seeing "the Elgin collective
(p. 605. (I suppose we shall hear of the Abersbawy' AN It is related by a late oriental traveller, that Jack Shephard's collection nest), declared And when the wholesale spoliator visited Athens, he self a mere tyro in art. caused his own name, with that of his wife, to be inscribed on a pillar of one of the principal temples. This inscription was executed in a
And marvel at his lordship'o stone-shop there very conspicuous manner, and deeply engraved in the marble, at a very considerable elevation.
Poor Crib was eadly puzzled when exhibitin Notwithstanding which precautions, some person
at Elginhouse. He asked if it was bet "a start (doubtless inspired by the patron-goddess) has
shop :" he was right-it is a shop. been at the pains to get himself raised mp to the requisite height, and has obliterated the name Some calm spectator, as he takes his sira of the laird, but left that of the lady untouched. The traveller in question accompanied this story "Alas! all the monuments of Roman Daft. by a remark, that it must have cost some labour | cence, all the remains of Grecian fast: and contrivance to get at the place, and could to the artist, the historian, the antiquars, only have been effected by much zeal and de- depend on the will of an arbitrary words termination.
I and that will is influcuced too often by intere
vanity, by a nephew or a sycophant. Is al That nose, the hook where he suspends the ew palace to be erected (at Rome) for an up
(p. 612. art family? the Coliseum is stripped to fur “Naso suspendit adanco."-HORACE.' ish materials. Does a foreign minister wish to
| The Roman applieg it to one who merely was lorn the bleak walls of a northern castle with Itiques? the temples of Theseus or Minerva
imperious to his acquaintance. ust be dismantled, and the works of Phidias or raxiteles be torn from the shattered frieze. There Chateaubriand forme new books of hat a decrepid uncle, wrapped up in the reli
(p. 615. lous duties of his age and station, should listen Vicomte Chateaubriand, who has not forgot
the suggestions of an interested nephew, is ten the author in the minister, received a handAtural: and that an oriental despot should un- some compliment at Verona from a literary sorvalue the masterpieces of Greciau art, is tovereign : "Ah! Monsieur C-, are you related ? expected; though in both cases the conse- to that Chateanbriand who-who-who has writiences of such weakness are much to be la- ten something?" (ecrit gu chose.) It is said lented. But that the ininister of a nation, famed that the author of Atala repented him for a or its knowledge of the language, and its vener moment of his le tion for the monuments of ancie hould have been the prompter and the instruent of these destructions, is almost incredible. uch rapacity is a crime against all ages and I generations: it deprives the past of the tro- NOTES TO THE VISION OF JUDGhies of their genius and the title-deeds of their
MENT. me; the present, of the strongest inducements 1 exertion, the noblest exhibitions that curioty can contemplate ; the future, of the master
Reviewing "the ungentle craft." and then. ieces of art, the models of imitation. To
(p. 625. St. 98.
See “Life of Henry Kirke White." hard against the repetition of such depredations
the wish of every man of genius, the duty of very man in power, and the common interest
Like King Alfonso! (p. 625. St. 101. Fevery civilized nation." EUSTACE's Classical
King Alfonso, speaking of the Ptolomean syg. our through Italy.
tem, gaid, that "had he been consulted at the “This attempt to transplant the temple of
creation of the world, he would have spared the
Maker some absurditieg." esta from Italy to England, inay perhaps do onour to the late Lord Bristol's patriotism or his magnificence; but it cannot be considered
Like lightning, off from his "melodious twang." i an indication of either taste or judgment." Ibid.
[p. 625. St. 102.
See Aubrey's account of the apparition which "Blest paper-credit" who shall dare to sing?
in disappeared "with a curious perfume and a me
607 lodious twang ; " or see the Antiquary, vol 1. Blest paper-credit, last and best supply, That lends corruption lighter wings to fly.
NOTES TO THE AGE OF BRONZE. Written after swimming from Sestos to Abydos.
(p. 633. To form, like Guesclin's dust, her talisman. On the 3d of May, 1810, while the Salsette
f. 609 I (Captain Bathurst) was lying in the Dardanelles. Guesclin died during the siege of a city; it Lieutenant Ekenhead of that frigate and the irrendered, and the keys were brought and
writer of these rhymes swam from the European id upon his bier, 80 that the place might
| shore to the Asiatic-by-the-bye, from Abydos pear rendered to his ashes.
to Sestos would have been more correct. The whole distance from the place whence we start.
ed to our landing on the other side, including Hear! hear! Prometheus from his rock appeal.
the length we were carried by the current, was p. 610.
computed by those on board the frigate at upI refer the reader to the first address of Pro
wards of four English miles; though the actual etheus in Æschylus, when he is left alone by breadth is barely one. The rapidity of the cur
attendants, and before the arrival of the rent is such that no boat can row directly across, horus of Sea-nymphs.
and it may in some measure be estimated from
the circuinstance of the whole distance being Revive the cry—“Iago! and close Spain!" accomplished by one of the parties in an hour
[p. 611. and tive, and by the other in an hour and ten *St. lago! and close Spain!" the old Spanish minutes. The water was extremely cold from
the melting of the mountain-snows. About three
weeks before, in April, we had made an attempt, Mhe knife of Arragon, Toledo's steel. (p. 611.
but having ridden all the way from the Troad
the same morning, and the water being of an The Arragonians are peculiarly dextrous in e use of this weapon, and displayed it parti
icy chillness, we found it necessary to postpone
the completion till the frigate anchored below Ilarly in former French wars.
the castles, when we swam the straits, as just
stated; entering a considerable way above the my good old man, whose world was all within. European, and landing below the Asiatic fort.
(p. 612. Chevalier says that a young Jew swam the same The famous old man of Verona. See CLAUDIAN. distance for his mistress; and Oliver mentions
it having been done by a Neapolitan; but our Many an old woman, but no Catherine. (p. 612. consul, Tarragona, remembered neither of these The dexterity of Catherine extricated Peter circumstances, and tried to dissuade us from the alled the Great by courtesy) when surrounded attempt. A number of the Salsette's crew were the Mussulmans on the banks of the river Pruth. I known to bave accomplished a greater distance;
and the only thing that surprised me was, that, character has been drawn in the highest colan as doubts had been entertained of the truth of by Dryden, Pope, Prior, and Congreve. Leander's story. no traveller had ever endeavoured to ascertain its practicability.
By Death's unequal hand alike contrald.
The hand of Death is said to be unjust, a Zun uov, oás cyanu (p. 633. |
unequal, as Virgil was considerably older than
Tibullus, at his decease. Zoë mou, sas agapo, or Zun uov, oás dyarw, & Romaic expression of tenderness: if I trans
To lead the band where god-like Falkland fel late it I shall affront the gentlemen, as it may Reem that I supposed they could not; and if I
Lucius Cary, Lord Viscount Palkland, the song do not, I may affront the ladies. For fear of any misconstruction on the part of the latter I shat accomplished man of his age, was killed at the do so, begging pardon of the learned. It ineang,
battle of Newbury, charging in the ranks of
Byron's giment of cavalry. ("My lite, I love you!" which sounds very prettily in all languages, and is as much in fashion
To flee away and be at rest. in Greece at this day as, Juvenal tells us, the
Psalm 55, Verse 6.-"And I said, Oh! that I two first words were amongst the Roman ladies,
by had wings like a dove, then would I fly away whose erotic expressions were all hellenized.
and be at rest." This verse also constitutes a By all the token-flowers that tell. (p. 633.
part of the most beautiful anthem in our languar In the East (where ladies are not taught to write, lest they should scribble assignations) flowers, cinders, pebbles, convey the sentiments of the parties by that universal deputy of Mer- EXTRACT FROM THE EDINBURGHcury- an old woman. A cinder says, “I burn
REVIEW for thee;" a bunch of flowers tied with hair,
No. 22, FOR JNAUARY 1808. "Take me and fly; " but a pebble declares what nothing else can
Hours of Idleness; a Series of Poems, eriginal Blessing him they served so well. (p. 644.
and translated. By George Gordon, Lord Byras,
la Minor. 8vo. pp. 200.-Newark, 1807 “At Waterloo, one man was seen, whose left! arm was shattered by a cannon-ball, to wrench
The poesy of this young Lord belongs to the it off with the other, and throwing it up in the
class which neither gods nor men are said t air, exclaimed to his comrades, “Vive l'Empereur
permit. Indeed, we do not recollect to have seen jusqu'à la mort." There were many other in
a quantity of verse with so few deviatiass is stances of the like: this you may, however,
either direction from that exact standard. His depend on as true." A private Letter from
effusions are spread over a dead flat, and can Brussels.
no more get above or below the level, than I Turning rivers into blood.
they were so much stagnant water. As an a See Rev. chap. vui, verse 7-11. “The first
tenuation of this offence, the noble autbor i
peculiarly forward in pleading minority. 1. angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood. And the second angel sound
have it in the title-page, and on the very bank
of the volume; it follows his name like a favorred, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea ; and the third
5 ite part of his style. Much stress is laid apea
it in the preface, and the poems are connected part of the sea became blood. And the third
with this general statement of his case, by par angel sounded, and there fell a grcat star from
ticular dates, substantiating the age at which heaven, burning as it were a lamp ; and it fell
each was written. Now the law upon the point upon a third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters. And the name of the star is
of minority we hold to be perfectly clear. It is called Wormwood: and the third part of the
a plea available only to the defendant;
plaintiff can offer it as a supplementary ground waters became wormwood; and many men died
of action. Thus, if any suit could be breaks of the waters, because they were made bitter."
against Lord Byron, for the purpose of coapelWhore realm refused thee even a tomb. (p. 645.
ling him to put into court a certain qoantity of Murat's remains are said to have been torn
poetry, and if judgment were given against him,
it is highly probable that an exception would from the grave and burnt
be taken were he to deliver for poetry the can tents of this volume. To this he might plead miny; but, as he now makes voluntary tender of the article, he hath no right to sue, on that
cround, for the price in good current rain. NOTES TO THE HOURS OF should the goods be unmarketable. This is our IDLENESS.
view of the law on the point, and, we are sorry to
I say. So will it be ruled. Perhape, however in Oscar of Alva.
| reality, all that he tells us about his youth is The catastrophe of this tale was suggested by
rather with a view to increase our wonder, the the story of “Jeronymo and Lorenzo," in the
to soften our censures. He possibly meas to first volume of “The Armenian, or Ghost-Seer :"
... say, “See how a minor can write ! This poem it also bearg some resemblance to a scene in
was actually composed by a young man of the third act of Macbeth.
eighteen, and this by one of only sixteen!"-Bet, alas! we all remember the poetry of Cowley at
ten, and Pope at twelve; and so far from bearThe pride of Princes, and the boast of song. ing, with any degree of surprise, that very poor
[p. 660. verses were written by a youth from his leaving Charles Sackville, Barl of Dorset, esteemed the school to his leaving college, inclusive, we really most accomplished man of his day, was alike believe this to be the most common of all accer distinguished in the voluptuous court of Charles rences ; that it happens in the life of bine man II. and the gloomy one of William III. He be-in ten who are educated in England ; and that the haved with great gallantry in the seafight tenth man writes better verse than Lord Byrne with the Dutch, in 1665, on the day previous to His other plea of privilege, our auther rates which he composed his celebrated 'song. His brings forward in order to waive it. He certain
, however, does allude frequently to his family! Thus, we do not think Lord Byron was made id ancestors - sometimes in notes; and while for translating, during his non-age, Adrian's ving up his claim on the score of rank, he Address to his soul, when Pope succeeded so kes care to remember us of Dr. Johnson's say- indifferently in the attempt. If our readers, ig, that when a nobleman appears as an author, however, are of another opinion, they inay is merit should be handsomely acknowledged. I look at it. I truth, it is this consideration only, that in aces us to give Lord Byron's poems a place in
Ah! gentle, fleeting, wavering sprite, ir Review, beside our desire to counsel him,
Friend and associate of this clay! lat he do forthwith abandon poetry, and turn
To what unknown region borne, s talents, which are considerable, and his op
Wilt thou now wing thy distant flight? ortunities, which are great, to better account.
No more with wonted builour gay, With this view, we must beg leave seriously
But pallid, cheerless, and forlorn. à assure him, that the mere rhyming of the nal syllable, even when accompanied by the
However, be this as it may, we fear his transresence of a certain number of feet; nay, al
lations and imitations are great favourites with hough (which does not always happen) those feet
Lord Byron. We have them of all kinds, from hould scan regularly, and have been all count
Anacreon to Ossian; and viewing them as schoold accurately, upon the fingers, - it is not the
exercises, they may pass. Only, why print then hole art of poetry. We would entreat him to
after they have had their day and served their elieve, that a certain portion of liveliness,
turn? As to his Ossianic poesy we are not very
good judges, being, in truth, so moderately skill omewhat of fancy, is necessary to constitute a oem, and that a poem in the present day, to
ed in that species of composition, that we should, e read, must contain at least one thought, ei
in all probability, be criticising some bit of the her in a little degree different from the ideas | genuine Macpherson itsell, were we to express f former writers, or differently expressed. We
our opinion of Lord Byron's rhapsodies. If, then, at it to his candour, whether there is any thing
the following beginning of a “Song of Bards," o deserving the name of poetry in verses like
is by his Lordship, we venture to object to it, he following, written in 1806; and whether, if
as far as we can comprehend it. "What forin youth of eighteen could say any thing so un
rises on the roar of clouds, whose dark ghost nteresting to his ancestors, a youth of nineteen
gleams on the red stream of tempests? His voice
rolls on the thunder ; 'tis Orla, the brown chief hould publish it.
of Oithona.” After detaining this “brown chief" hades of heroes, farewell! your descendant, some time, the bards conclude by giving him departing
their advice to " raise his fair locke;" then to From the seat of his ancestors, bids you adieu! thepread them on the arch of the rainbow ;" and Ibroad, or at home, your remembrance imparting "to smile through the tears of the storm." Of
New courage, he'll think upon glory and you. this kind of thing there are no less than nine "hough a tear dim his eye at this sad separation, pag
pages ; and we can so far venture an opinion in
their favour, that they look very like Macpher"Tis nature, not fear, that excites his regret : 'ar distant he goes, with the same emulation;
son; and we are positive they are pretty nearly The fame of his fathers he ne'er can forget.
as stupid and tiresome.
It is a sort of privilege of poets to be egotists ; hat fame, and that memory, still will he cherish, but they should use it as not abusing it ; and He vows that he ne'er will disgrace your
particularly one who piques himself (though inrenown;
deed at the ripe age of nineteen) of being “an dike you will he live, or like you will he perish; l infantil
infant-bard," "The artless Helicon I boast is When decay'd, may he mingle bis dust with
youth ;'') should either not know, or should seein your own.
not to know, so much about his own ancestry, Now we positively do assert, that there is Besides a poem above cited, on the family-geat othing better than these stanzas in the whole | of the Byrons, we have another of eleven pages, on ompass of the noble minor's volume.
the self-same subject, introduced with an apology, Lord Byron should also have a care of at- "he certainly had no intention of inserting it," empting what the greatest poets have done be- but really " the particular request of somo pre him, for comparisong (as he must have had friends," etc. It concludes with five stanza, on ccasion to see at his writing-master's) are odious.
himself, “the last and youngest of a noble line." -Gray's Ode on Eton College should really
There is a good deal also about his maternal lave kept out the ten hobbling stanzas “ On a | ancestors, in a poem on Lachin y Gair, a mounlistant view of the village and school of Harrow.
tain were he spent part of his youth, and might
have learnt that pibroch is not a bagpipe, any Where fancy yet joys to retrace the resem
more than duet means a fiddle. blance Of comrades, in friendship and inischief allied; As the author has dedicated so large a part low welcome to me your ne'er fading remem
of his volume to immortalize his employments at brance,
school and college, we cannot possibly dismiss is Which reste in the bosom, though hope is denied. without presenting the reader with a specimen
of these ingenious effusions. In an ode with a In like manner, the exquisite lines of Mr. Greek motto, called Granta, we have the follogers “On a Tear," might have warned the
lowing magnificent stanzas :
The candidate for college-prizes
Sits poring by the midnight-lamp,
Goes late to bed, yet early rises.
Who reads false quantities in Sele,
Or puzzles o'er the deep triangle,
Deprived of many a wholesome meal,
In barbarous Latin doom'd to wrangle :
Renouncing every pleasing page
From authors of historic use,
Preferring to the letter'd sage
The square of the hypothenise.
Still harmlegg are there occupations,
| them as we find them, and be content ; for they That hurt none but the hapless student, are the last we shall ever have from him. He Compared with other recreations,
is, at best, he says, but an intruder into the Which bring together the imprudent.
groves of Parnassus; he never lived in a carret
like thorough-bred poets; and though he oace We are sorry to hear so bad an account of roved a careless mountaineer in the Highlands the college-psalmody as is contained in the fol- of Scotland," he has not of late enjoyed this lowing Attic stanzas.
advantage. Moreover, he expects no profit free Our choir would scarcely be excused,
his publication; and, whether it succeede er not,
Wit is highly improbable, from his situatins and Even as a band of raw beginners;
pursuits hereafter," that he should again caddes All mercy now must be refused
cend to become an author. Therefore, lets To such a set of croaking sinners.
take what we get and be thankful. What right If David, when his toils were ended,
have we poor devils to be nice? We are well Had heard these blockheads sing before him, off to have got so much from a man of this Lands To us his psalms had ne'er descended:
station, who does not live in a garret, but "bze In furious mood he would have tore 'em! the sway" of Newstead Abbey. Agai
let us be thankful ; and, with honest Sanche, bil But whatever judginent may be passed on the God bless the giver, nor look the gift berse is poems of this noble minor, it seems we must take I the mouth.
NOTE TO THE LETTER OF BOWLES' | replied Sheridan, "I remember little, creept that STRICTURES ON POPE.
there was a phænis in it." A phenix!! Well how did he describe it?" “Like a poulterer:
answered Sheridan ; "it was green, and yelles, Couper's Dutch delineation of a woood drawn up
and red, and blue: he did not let us off for a like a seedsman's catalogue. (p. 690.
single feather." And just such as this poulterer I will submit to Mr. Bowles's own judgment a
account of a phenix, is Cowper's a stick-pickers passage from another poem of Cowper's, to be
detail of a wood, with all its petty minutiz compared with the same writer's Sylvan Sampler.
this, that, and the other. In the lines to Mary,
One more poetical instance of the power of art, Thy needles, once a shining store,
and even its superiority over nature, in poetry, For my sake restless heretofore,
and I have done ;-the bust of Antinous! Is there Now rust disused, and shine no more,
any thing in nature like this marble, ex
My Mary, I the Venus? Can there be more poetry gathered contain a simple, household, “indoor," artificial, I into existence than in that wonderial creatie and ordinary image. I refer Mr. Bowles to the of perfect beauty? But the poetry of this bast is stanza, and ask if these three lines about “nee- | in no respect derived froin nature, por frea dles" are not worth all the boasted twaddling any association of moral exaltedress; for wba: about trees, so triumphantly re-quoted ? and yet is there in common with moral natare and the in fact what do they convey? A homely collec- male minion of Adrian? The very execation } tion of images and ideas associated with the not natural, but super-natural, or rather my darning of stockings, and the hemming of shirts, artificial, for nature has never done so much and the mending of breeches ; but will any one Away, then, with this cant about Bature and denty that they are eminently poetical and pa-“invariable principles of poetry!"* A great antist thetic as addressed by Cowper to his nurse will make a block of stone as sublime as a bousThe trash of trees reminds me of a saying of tain, and a good poet can imbue a pack of cards Sheridan's. Soon after the “Rejected Address" | with more poetry than inhabits the forests of scene, in 1812, I met Sheridan. In the course of America. It is the business and the proof of a dinner, he said, "Lord Byron, did you know poet to give the lie to t that amongst the writers of addresses was Whit- times to make a silken purse out of a sow's ear; brcad himself?" I answered by an inquiry of and to conclude with another homely proverb. what sort of an address he had made. “Of that,"|"a good workman will not find fault witb his took*