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While Joy and Fancy round her head
Bright wreaths of rainbow lustre spread,
And every eye, and every breast,".
The beatific vision blest!
We gaz'd upon the pageant fair,
And, as we gaz'd, each vivid hue,
Each floating form of grace withdrew,

And all the fairy scene dissolv'd in air." The second stanza, though animated, is confused and incoherent in its imagery, and the same fault may be found with the fourth. For this, however, Mrs. Cobbold soon atones. That it was not want of talent which induced her to hurry over the de lineation of the conflict, the following quotation, alluding to the battle of Ligny, will sufficiently prove,

" As bursts the thunder from the cloud,

As beats the hail-storm rattling loud,
As sweeps the blast its raging course,
So rush'd their battle's mingled force !
As meets that storm the lofty rock,
Firin Brandenburg receiy'd the shock :
Rent trees and cliffs in ruins lịe,
The awful mass still frowns on high,
In undiminish'd majesty!
So undismay'd, so wildly grand
Appear'd the Veteran's dauntless band :
Though Havoc call'd her hosts from far,
'Though Gallia's overwhelming war

With slaughter strew'd the plain,
Still their rent ranks unyielding clos’d,
Still battle's steady front oppos’d,
And every warrior, ere he tell,
Inscrib'd bis valor's record well,

In heaps of foemen sļain.” There is still more energy in the picture of the rauks of a square, which, after having repelled the repeated charges of cavalry, had been mowed down by the murderous fire of grapeshot. Some German Stanzas, by Bruncker, bear a striking resemblance to it; but it is highly probable that they are not known to Mrs. Cobbold.

“ Even as they stood, in death they lay:

The glazing eye, the livid brow,
Still frown'd defiance on the foc;
Each breast high swol'n still seem'd to feel,

Each stiffen'd hand still grasp'd the steel, . In that same mute and horrible array.” The profits of this Ode are intended to be given to the Waterloo Subscription.. .

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ART. X. The Duel, a Satirical Poem, in Four Cantos,

with other Poems. By L. O. Shaw. Crown 8vo. 147 pp.

1815. IT does not appear to us that Mr. Shaw is likely ever to attain any great share of reputation as a poet. He is, nevertheless, not without a portion of poetical talent. His “ Duel" is a production which has excited our laughter. It is exceedingly incorrect, but it has much drollery and spirit. The Hudibrastic style seems to be that in which Mr. Shaw is most successful.

The heroes of the piece are a Scotch actor and an Irish prompter, belonging to a company of strolling players; and their boastings and their fears are very ludicrously described. The seconds wisely prevent bloodshed, by the same trick as was practiced some years ago, in the case of a well-known poet and a Scotch reviewer. They load the pistols with paper pellets. The tale of “ Harold” is full of improbability, and is often tame, and often turgid. It, however, contains several striking images, and a few passages which are not without merit. But in fayour of the versification we can say nothing. The verse is blank verse, and very bad of the kind. It is neither flowing nor animated. It falls on the ear with all the monotony of a sledge hammer on an anvil. Mr. Shaw has made a blunder which pumberless writers have made before him, and which, in spite of our frequent warnings, numberless others will make after him. He has taken it into his head that because, in writing blank verse, he is delivered from the trouble of finding similar endings, it is easier to write in blank verse than in rhyme. This is a lamentable mistake. How many times must critics repeat to these gentlemen, that prose cut into lengths, of ten syllables each, is nột blank verse ; that it is nothing more than prose disguised and spoiled. To write well in unrhymed metre, requires a nice ear, and a correct judgment.

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