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Are these the triumphs then that rank affords, 175
Lo! next, ambitious Wharton* fain would share
The Politician's and the Poet's care :
Idiots and Lunatics in possession.” In “The Battle of Hexham" a Corporal says to his troop :- „“ Know yourselves for a parcel of Fools, and I'm at the head of you.”
* Of“ Roncesvalles,” which is the title of the Epic Poem that the Secretary to the Treasury has presented to the world, with all the advantages of being printed on wire-wove paper-dedicated to a Princess of the Blood Royal--and decorated with a dainty Print of Urganda seated on the summit of a Volcano, and enve
First, from the Treasury Benches would demand 185
Ways and Means to,
An Epic glowing from his Fancy warm.
loped with clouds — it will not be difficult to predict, that, like the Arthur of Blackmore, the Davideis of Cowley, the Moses or the Deborah of Parnell, it will never be read beyond the first fisty lines. Mr. Wharton has taken his materials chiefly from Berni's Rifaccimento of L’Orlando Innamorato of Boyardo, and the Morgante Maggiore of Pulci, although it is only to the former of these that he makes due acknowledgement. But the embellistments of imagination, the harmony of measure, and the propriety of versification, are peculiarly his own. So peculiarly, indeed, that however uncertain I may be as to whether he feel much honored by the profit, of this I am sure, that the “honor profiteth him nothing."
Thinks that his task's complete; that even now
Homerian laurels fall to deck his brow.
Vain hope! The Magic, in his line imprest, 195
Now Judgment frowns, as o'er the rugged lay 205
Now, when the times no fictious tale require,
* The letters in the Courier signed “ Nereus," are attributed to Mr. Croker,
And Vict'ry's losses strives to reimburse,
. See“ Talavera," a Poem by J. W. Croker, Esq.
+ Redeunt Saturnia Regna! the reign of nonsense and Della Crusca is returned; and it will require more than the hand of a Gifford to crush this modern Antæus. That Mr. Wilson is a worthy member of the “ Cruscan Fraternity” may be seen by the following extracts from“ a non-descript, called the Isle of Palms, '" to which he has prefixed bis name:
The tiniest boat that ever sailed
“ Might through this sea, without a fear,
Her silent journey take.”.
“ How like a monarch would she glide,
While the husht billows kiss'd her side
“ List how in murmurs of delight
The blessed airs of Heaven invite
The joyous bark to pass one night