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and verkin Keview; Forming an Analysis and General Repository of Literature, Philosophy, Science, Arts,
History, the Drama, Mlorals, Manners, and Amusements.
LONDON, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1821. Price 6d.
Though' in the antithetic he can charm, There is, oh Nature, in thy aspects mild; Beview of New Books. With" wit perplex us, and with splendour | There is, oh Nature, in thy aspects wild;
There is, in fervour of a summer day, Poetical Essays on the Character of
Though his that playful malice, which, with There is, in last gleam of the evening ray; grace,
There is, ob! ocean, in thy weltering roar, Pope as a Poet and Moralist ; and can strip pretension of its grave grimace; There is, in wave which chafes thy pebbly or the Language and Objects most fil Though he in numbers, tuneful as ibe spheres, shore; for Poetry. By Charles Lloyd. Can inake e’en crabbed themes enchant our There is, wien sun-beam on thy surface 12mo. pp. 70. London, 1821.
dances, Though he can charm us to a pleasing trance, And on thy prismy water swiftly glances; Wuen we reviewed the pamphlets of With quick meteorous lights, which love to There is, in all the company of clouds, Lord Byron and Mr. Bowles, we con
When in the west the setting sun it shrouds; sidered the character of Pope so fully To Fancy's eye ;-though, eloquently bland, When hues of gold and purple richly spread, discussed, and the subject become so for him refinement all her stores expand; Proudly pavilion bis declining head ;
And when, like threads of light, from it repair trite, that we determined not to notice In feeling, in imagination's power, Yes, though thus opulent in many a dower;
The splendours shaken from his golden hair; any thing more that might be written He is deficient; in each glorious gift,
There are in these, and thousand objects more, upon it. We are, however, induced to 'Bove earth, which doth the ravish'd spirit lift. Charms which might make the hardest heart deviate from our first intention, in or- One power has Pope. One, eminently his :
adore ; der to pay our court to a new and a
And, of all powers, the one, with emphasis, Yet our bard never one of these doth sing,
Which gives th' ephemeral child of Fancy's Or, to praise Nature, imp his sharing wing.' very able champion, who has entered
birth the lists-one who, taking no notice of The claim to currency, the stamp of worth.
The second part of Mr. Lloyd's the previous controversy on the subject This power is sense ?"
Essay is a criticism on the Essay on or the personality of the disputants, After shewing the superiority of Man, rather too metaphysical for our calmly sits down and investigates the sense over teré barmony of numbers, taste, and more remarkable for good character of Pope with the feelings of Mr. Lloyd dwells on the value of sensi- sense than elegant poetry. The followà poet, the acuteness of a critic, and bility :
ing extract nearly enibodies the whole the calm and dispassioned reasoning of
Which to the poet gives,
of Mr. Lloyd's theory :a philosopher.
Beyond imagination, power to explore Man is a being, in whom various modes Mr. Lloyd is himself a poet of some
Its deep recesses, to the inmost core
Of feeling rule. In his breast's dim abndes,
Of the human heart.' eminence, and the author of Nugæ
The passions are the elemental source
'To action. What these passions are, each London ;' works, however, which ra- feelings were too much associated with
learns, ther stanip bim as an amiable man than self-love, to intitle them to the name whose introverted eye one moment turns a great poet. His style is certainly not of sensibility, and who always rather Into himself; ambition, love, the glow the most correct, and he is rather too delights to analyse vice, than to sup- of fame; the filial and parental throe; metaphysical : but the one never ex
He also objects to Self-preservation ; last, and far most high, tends to vulgarity, nor the other to Pope, in that he rather chose the sub- Those instincts, which, with heav'n, our souls what is too often the bane of metaphy- jects of his muse from art than nature: To these is added reason. As this takes sics-infidelity.
as this has been a subject of much con- A large excursiveness, as still it makes Mr. Lloyd is of opinion, and we troversy, and although it forms a dis-An ampler orbit, as in its wide aims
While love of all creation it inflames, agree with him, that sense and imagi- tinct poem in this little volume, we
And most, of Him who all creation made, nation are the highest characteristics of shall here quote Mr. Lloyd's opi- It feels an interest
, where'er it can aid; true poetry; to Pope he accords the nion :
The great doth venerate; protects the small; first, but denies that he possessed ima- Now, let us ask, where, throughout all the with all it couples self, and self with all ;
“ Self, that no alien knows," feels sympathy, gination or sensibility that sensibi- of Pope's soft numbers, do we find him change " As far diffus’d as fancy's wing can” ily; lity at least which implies sympathy For scenes of art, the country's quiet grace? So much as it does this, 'tis healthful, just; with others. The merits of Pope he Where paints He nature ? Whither may we 'Tis the pure reason, freed froin self's low gust. first soms up, before he enters on those
Reason is truth, with sympathies thus widequalities in which he conceives him That he has ever, with a raptur'd eye, Reason is error, with self-love allied. Look'd on the forests or the silent sky?
Benevnlence is reason; 'uis supreme, deficient. He says, We've elsewhere said, and we the thought re- Even for self-protection ;
'tis no dream, Tbough we see in Pope peat,
That he, who, in his universal heart, Wit the most keen, of sense the amplest scope, Objects of art for poets' theme are meet, Feels that he is, of all, the smallest part, Thongh he can be, if it so chance he please, As well as those of nature ; but in sense And loves all sentient things, and God above, Mighty from energy, and gay from ease; Subordinate, and meek subservience.. With holy self-annihilatiug love ; Though in a dialect perspicuous, terse, We scarcely can conceive, how man can claim on, he is pillow'd ever on the breast He sense can marry to immortal verse,
A poet's power, much less possess the flame or dove-like peace; he finds a downy nest, And, with consummate elegance, combine Of pure imagination, nor fond themes
Whether he travel Araby's parch'd sands; Force intellectual, through each nervous line; From nature draw, for his poetic dreams. Whcther he sail where shoreless sea expands; Vol. III,
Whether he journey 'mid the arctic snows; And to this ostracism add beside,
consisted of three hundred Spaniards, Or whether whcre tbe torrid simoom blows: Proscription to all scenes, for eloquence and a more ferocious band never went While he, whose introverted puny ken
Of the true bard, save those where are descried Thinks of 'himself—and thinks—and thinks Mountains, and lakes, and rocks, and nature's Orsua took with him his mistress,
on a scheme of murder and plunder. again;
sterner pride. Baffled in thui, to which he but aspires,
Donna Ines, and several more of the Sell-immolated, tediously expires.'
Methinks that, in the argument to which
troop also took women with them. The second Essay in this volume, is Wherein it says, that natural objects teach
This was fatal to the chief, who, when On the Language and Objects most The peasant's soul; that with “their pas- the band had arrived on the Orellana, fit for Poetry. Our readers are fully
about seven hundred leagues distant, aware of the nature of the controversy « Incorporate;” that they are nature-talight :
“The permanent, the beautiful" appear
was assassinated by sonie of his associon this subject, between Lord Byron But is't a fact, experience test to bear,
ates. Vargas, the second in command; Mr. Bowles, Mr. Gilchrist and That forms external are in spirits wrought, and several of the associates of Orsna, Mr. Campbell
. The question is one Proportiond to the time they have been near were also murdered, and though Gusnot worth the ink and paper that has
man was selected king of the banditti, been used upon it, and is like the two 'Tis in an effervescent state, the mind yet Aguirre, who had been the chief chivalrous knights who met and dis
Receives impressions; oft from contrasts rise
cause of all these massacres, acquired puted on the colour of a post; one The strongest ones; and oft those must inclin'd
the chief authority :
T'adore the country, love it, in its skies, maintaining that it was black, and the Since their town's native smoke doth not . This man, so unhappily notorious in other that it was white; when, after arise;
American history, had supported bimself they had fought and nearly killed each It is not opportunity to see ;
in Peru, by the trade of breaking-in other, they ascertained that it was both.
They are our passions, which, or ope our eyes horses. In the rebellion of Don Sebas. To us it appears to be a question
Or close them; who, for “ hard-earn'd penny tian de Castilla, he had borne so active a fee,"
part that he was sentenced to death, and which can never be settled, and must al-Doth toil, for scenes the most sublime what I would assuredly have been executed could ways reinain as one of opinion-for some
he have been iaken ; but when a pardon poets will succeed best in depicting 'We then affirm, let one with leisure blest, was offered to all offenders who would mature, while others will be more suc- From distant region gorgeous scenes explore, join the king's standard against Giron, he cessful in describing the sublimity and
And in the very circumstance, confess'd
took advantage of the proclamation and ingenuity of art. In this opinion, we
A cause will be, why he should love them came from his hiding place. For some appear to have the sanction of our au. Since then such scenes first taught his heart demned, together with Zalduendo, and
subsequent villainy he was again conwho
says, • We know a man, a man of genius, too,
While tl.e rude natives, who, though they have would have been hanged at Cuzco ; but Who says, that he had rather walk the streets
he broke out of prison and remained in
eyes, Of London; that from thence there can accrue
As those who saw not, see; if he his score
the woods till he found an opportunity of To bim more strong emotion, than when Profusely pay, each charm which round them joining Orsua. His hope was that Orsna grects
would rebel ; being disappointed in this, His eye ? mountain region; when retreats Will sooner far forget, than their propitious lie laid a plan for murdering him. Such Day's glare, the lamps shine, and the windows prize.'
had been the general irregularity of his blaze
Here we will once more take leave of conduct, that in Peru, he was commonly With cressets bright, when at each step he the controversy on Pope, but without called Aguirre el loco, the madman ; an 1 A tide of population, whose thick maze iraking any pledge that a new discus assuredly, bis after atrocities were such.
that it is only to madness they can be ins And multitudinous heart deep human feelings sion may not again compel us to no
puted.' raise. tice it.
Valdera and Zalduendo, who bad "We've heard him say, that, at such hour as
contended for Donna Ines, were succesthis, Stronger emotion, London! he hath known
The Expedition of Orsua and the Crimes sively assassinated, as was also the lady In thy dim haunts; more felt with emphasis
of Aguirre. By Robert Southey, herself, the elected king Guzman, ani ." His bosom's lord sit” proudly “ on bis Esq. 12mo. pp. 215. London, 1821. several others; and Aguirre having at:
throne,” Than when his eye, with glories all her own, Southey calls • a frightful but salutary mined no longer to go in quest of El
Tuc expedition of Orsua, which Mr. tained the supreme command, delerFor this man well we know. Is he tlaus prone story,' was printed in the Edinburgh Dorado, but to return and conquer To give to art precedence, virtue's friend? Annual Register some years ago. That Peru. Say; would he personate ber, would he have it is frightful, every one who reads it
When the wretch Aguirre, who was ought to mend ?
must admit, but we much doubt that stained with so many murders, and the • To us it seems, then, an erroneous plan,Though one from philanthropic feeling effect, except, perhaps, on the mind of at Margarita, he possessed bimself of
tales of vice and crime have a salutary remains of bis ferocious band arrived * sprung, One sprung from a deep feeling, that, in man, the philosopher, who draws the proper the island by treachery, and became
As man, source of true interest lies: one. inferences from them; but among even more wanton in his butcheries From the conviction that, round old and readers how few are philosophers! The than he had been on the Orellana. An
itale relates to an expedition undertaken alarm of invasion gave a new whet to young, There is inore, bowever different our estate,
in 1560, by Don Pedro Orsua, one of his cruelty :Of sanctity inalienable hung ; those ferocious knights, who, by their
• He ordered the governor and those Moreof resemblance twixt the small and great ; cruelties in South America, brought persons whom he had at first made pri: indelible disgrace on the Spanish name.
soners, being the chief magistrates of the • Than of discordance ;-yet, to us, it seems It was directed against the Omaguas, where they were confined into a lower
city, to be brought from the apartment An error, though one which we reverence, a nation in the interior of South Ame- ball. They, suspecting that they were To hold up peasants for poetic themes, As fit exclusively; and, consequence
rica, which was represented as rich in led to death, came with a mortal melanOf this, the works of art to banish thence : gold and diamonds. Orsua's force choly in their countenances, whicks the
tyrant perceived, and bade them have no “ They tell me, my son," said Aguirre, replied, lie had been his friend in life, and fear, giving them his word, that, even if “ that you also were in the conspiracy; would be so in death. Aguirre made him the friar were to land more men than was this then your friendship, and this all no answer, but went into a chamber where there were trees and thistles on the island, the regard you have for the great love his daughter was sitting in company with and he himself and all his companions which I have borne you?” Chaves and a young woman calied La Torralva, wlio were to perish, not one of the prisoners his comrades, whose weapons were yet had come with her from Peru. should be hurt. This was just as night red and reeking from the last murder, ex- thy prayers, child," said he, “ for I must had set in; about midnight he sent Car-pected that they were now to have ano- kill thee!”. Why, sir,” she exclaimed. rion, the murderer of Donna Ines, with a iher victim, and drew near him, looking He replied, " that thou may'st nerer set of fit companions, to strangle these up to Aguirre for the signal to strike. live to be reviled, and called the daughter persons, whose lives he had so lately and Llamoso, as of all these wretches he most of a traitor.”. La Torralva bad courage so solemnly promised to preserve. Their resembled his master in ferociousness, so enough to rise and take his harquebuss dead bodies were covered with mats. was he the only one who was sincerely from him, thinking thus to prevent him Aguirre assembled his solders in the ball; I and faithfully attached to himn; and of this from executing his desperate purpose; the mats at his command were then re-attachment Aguirre seems to have been but he, lightly surrendering it, crew out moved, and the bodies exposed by the sensible, by the manner in which he ad- a dagger, and stabbed his daughter relight of torches," here, my Maranones," dressed him. He protested his innocence peatedly, till her sufferings were for ever said the tyrant, " you see another of the with the most horrid imprecations. The ended.' Then going out into the antiking's governors, and these, his magis- counenance of this suspicious tyrant did chamber, be perceived that the king's trates, lying dead. Let no man among not yet relax; and Llamoso, in the strong troops were entering, and leaning against you deceive himself with any hopes of passion of his fear, and his indignation at a sort of canc-bedstead, without attemptpardon for such crimes as we have come the charge, exclaimed," as for this traitor, | ing to resist, he waited for what might beinitted, nor suffer himself to be deceived who would have committed such a crime, fal' him. An inhabitant of Tocuyo, who by fair promises. In no part of the world I will drink his blood!” and throwing first came into the room, called to Pa; can you possibly be safe, except in my himself on the ground, he applieil his redes,“ here, sir, I have taken Aguirre.” company."
mouth to a wound in the Camp master's The tyrant answered, " I do not yield to When Aguirre went out to meet the head, like a dog ravenous with hunger. such a knave as thou art!" and then see
The very inurderers who stood by drew ing Paredes himself, he added, “Sir attack, he left Perez, an associate wor. back, sickening at the sight, and Aguirre Cainp-master, you are a cavalier; 'be: thy of such a chief, in charge of the fortress. Some of the soldiers, during lity.' no longer entertained a doubt of his fide. seech you let the ternis be kept with me,
for I liave things to communicate which the absence of Aguirre, inquired who
When Aguirre left Margarita, and are of importance to the king's service.” should take the command, in case be landed on the main; with the frantic But his own men cried out that it was for should be slain or taken by the pro- view of subjugating this great conti- bead before the governor came up, upon
the Camp-master's honour to cut off his vincial. Upon which Perez answered, nent, his followers, already much thin which, two of these Maranones were or,
here am I, who can do my duty if the ned by mutual assassination, became dered to shoot him. Juan de Chaves and old man should fail :'
still more so, and soon were too much re- Christoval Galindo are said to have put • This was enough: the tyrart called duced to undertake any enterprise with themselves forward for this service, that for one Chaves, a lad, with scarcely a
success. The native troops continu- | Aguirre might not have time to maké conbaisu elpon his shine who was yet oid ally harassing them ; several desertedl. fessions, which would show how greatly and beside the charged with such Aguirre having arrived at Baraquici: they were implicated in the atrocities that nions, and put the camp-master to death meto, sent a detachment against the made only a slant wound: " that's badly as soon as he entered the fortress, whither Royalist General Paredes, and gave done," said he; the second he receivel he sent to call him. Perez, little suso the command of it to Espindola. in his breast, and exclaiming, “this will pecting that his hour was come, hastened, Aguirre, who was watching the success do,” fell, and died immediately. Custoin obedience to the summons, and Chaves of this detachment, saw the men min. dio Hernandez, a wretch who had engetting behind him, shot him with a har- gle in the enemy's ranks instead of at- joyed his favour, then cut oti his head: quebuss. The wound was not immedi: lacking them, and shouting the king and taking it by the long hair, carried it ately mortal; the other murderers fell for ever. The last scene of this tragic to the governor, in hopes of obtaining the, fort, crying out for confession, and drama is the death of the monster, who something by such a service.
• Paredes then advanced to meet the shrieking with the pain of a horrible has played so distinguished a part in
governor, trailing after him the banners wound, till he fell at length, and Chaves the whole:
of the rebels. The governor ordered dispatched him by cutting his throat. Juan de Aguirre still remained in the Aguirre's daughter to be buried in the The prisoners hearing his shrieks, ex- fort, and intended to complete his crimnes church ; his own body was quartered, pected that this was the commencement by killing the tyrant, whose ready instru- and the quarters set up by the way-side. of the general massacre which Aguirre ment he had been in so many murders ; | His head was sent to Tocuyo, and exposhad threatened; they hid themselves un- but not finding him at hand, and thinking ed in an iron cage.
When Pedro Siinon der the beds, and in holes and corners, all delay dangerous, he hastened to join wrote, the skull was still remaining; bis and some threw themselves froin the win. Paredes'; and while Aguirre was outside banners also were preserved in that city, dows and battlements. The soldiers in of the fort, all the others, who were now and the robe, gown, aodi kirtle of yellow the square were not less astonished, hear only those whom he suspected, and kept silk which his daugiiter had on when she ing his cries, and being ignorant of the under watch, got out by a door which had was siain, rent by the dagger, and stained cause. Aguirre spoke to them from a been closed up, but which they broke with blood. The people of Merida and window, telling them not to be alarmed at through. One alone, of all the Mara- of Valencia, who were in tlie camp, petin what they had heard, for be had been nones, remained by Aguirre's side; it was tioned each for one of his banners, as a obliged to put his son and Campmaster, Llamoso: none of these wretches iad ex. memorial of their loyal services; each Martin Perez, to death, for conspiracy ceeded him in guilt, but he was faithful to bad a hand of the traitor given them inagainst him. Llamoso, who had been the last to the Tyrant whom he had sworn stead, which they bore away on the point named as an accomplice in the plot, hap. to serve.. Aguirre asked him why he also of a lance. These trophies became offenpened 10 pass by as he was speaking. I did not go to enjoy the king's pardou; hel sive on the way; the one was thrown into the river Motatan, the other cast to the Preface, and, as it is the most amusing My glory is—my fame's high sacrament: dogs. The banners were taken to Spain part of his work, (for bad poetry is sel- My heart to beauty never to have lent, by Paredes, who hung them over his fa. dom ainusiog,) we shall not leave it
Nor ever risk'd for love my peerless throne, ther's monument. The house in which
My character still searchlessly my own, yet.
He tells us that some of his My pride. Of this I never sball repent. he was born was pulled down, as having friends have palmed on him the attri- So, fair Delilah, of my strength unshorn been the birth-place of a traitor, and a monument was erected on the spot, to rebutes of his Napoleon, and yet he
I live and mean to live-the hate and fear, cord his crimes and his fate.'
doubts that Napoleon himself will like Or love—no matter which, of men. To scorn The promise given to the Mara- his sonnets. We doubt it, indeed! Ilustriously friendless and forlorn,
Their praise or censure is my shield and spear. nones, was observed by Collado with but he consoles himself for this suppos- Thus won I kingdoms.—More thou may'st the most rigid honour; but in the en- ed neglect of Bonaparte to his poetic not hear.' suing year, orders came from Madrid genius, by telling us, that the Jf our readers understand this to send them all prisoners to Spuin. thoughts of inen like him [Napoleon, wretched jargon, we shall be happy ; Some of them had time to secure them- not Mr. Gower) are only to be comfort- for ourselves, we candidly confess that selves, and others were taken and exe-ably endured in their reinoter results;' we can neither make fish aor Alesh of cuted. Agoirre, whose crimes made a and in illustration of this,' he trans- it.' deep impression upon the people of forins two lines of bad poetry into half The Miscellaneous Poems,' of Venezuela, is still'spoken of in those a page of dull prose. Mr. Gower ac- which nearly one half are also devoted countries as El Tyrano, the tyrant, and knowledges his has been a very daring to posterity, consist of pieces which, it is believed by the people that his attempt,. But,' says he, and who can we are told, are in imitation of the styles troubled spirit still wanders over the
withhold their adiniration of his mo- of Byron, Southey, Coleridge, Wordsscenes of his guilt, in the form of that desty, though notorious deliquia of worth, Ben Johnson, Shakespeare, &c. fiery vapour which is frequently seen thought as well as of expression are ac. Of the similatriy, let the following in the island of Margarita, and in the knowledged occasionally to intervene, extracts, from a * Soliloquy of Queen plains of New Andalusia, and which is the authors of the Koran have no where Elizabeth,' in imitation (what treason to this day called the soul of the ty, given so magnificent an idea of their against the majesty of the great bard !) rant.
prophet, as the three paragraphs (son- of Shakespeare, bear witness :Such was the expedition of Orsua,
nets) above alluded to, afford of Napo- No! I can never rest an hour in peaceand such the crimes of Aguirre, a tale leon, had nothing else been said be-Yon dunce I made a bishop of last year too horrible even for a melo-drama, and sides those paragraphs written.' One Advising me--confound his impudence!
By G-d! but I'll unfrock him if he dares not to be contemplated in reality with extract more from ihe preface, and we
Monition me again and then these wretches, out sbuddering. Mr. Southey, who have done :
Who just because they've learnt to write and has dilated on the subject considerably,
• The Miscellaneous Poems require no readhas certainly not lessened the effect by further remark than that the Queen Eli- (I wish I were a Papist for a fortnight, bis narration, which is in many parts but the dust and ashes of what she once
zabeth is not the Elizabeth of Kenilworth, To Smithfield some of them) suppose they're quite dramatic.
was, and dying, as was thought, of a bro- To think forsooth about affairs of state.' ken heart;
-and that, with regard to saNapoleon and other Poems. Ву
tire, I will be quiet if they'll let me alone; But for these citizens—they never buy Samuel Gower, Esq. 8vo. pp. 156. .-it not, when a little older and more ill- A hoop to thatch in an unwieldy wife, Loudon, 1820.
natured, they who misbehave may have But they must talk of taxes –
If they choose * STANDING, as I now do, on the thresh
• One thing more remains, indeed, gen
To dress their calves-heads up as if they were old of public opinion, I cannot say I feel tle reader, who hast been faithful to me to They ought to pay for it-somebody must pay, any fears for my reception; the deeds of the end of this preface, for I won't end And they're untit to rule afraid to fight, the provident should reward themselves in this surly way; it is all affectation-the And growing too luxurious to work, The poems that are inarked with figures more shame for-no matter
And little given to praying for themselves devote to posterity; of the rest, some to • Whichever way I turo, a barrier of And where God is not-as in many a land chance-more to oblivion.'
impassable gates at present frowns before Of Romish darkness—there the Devil isSuch is the modest declaration of me, through which I cannot pass; but 1 And there assassins, as in ItalyMr. Gower in the commencement of hope to pass them—and in the mean. (A land the righteous scorn of God and man!)' his preface; what chance his produc-while beg of every reader not to hang or This is another of the precious protions have of the destination he assigns
drown himself till this time next year, by dctions which Mr. Gower thinks will them, we shall be able to show by-and
which time-wherever I may have met by. We confess we have seldom ven
with happiness, whoever he is, he shall be be immortal; but no wonder, for if a made to share it with me.'
man has the insanity to print such tured on any work with greater reluc
The poems (for so the author calls that he is in love with it. After the
trash, it ought not to excite surprise tance than on this ; we have had it in
thein,) 'entitled Napoleon, consist of threat Mr. Gower holds out in the preour hands at least a dozen times, and laid it down again, exclaiming, • We'll eighteen different pieces, eight of which face, we may be suspected of temerity have none o'nt;' but at last found our.
are among those which Mr. Gower dein daring to provoke his ire; but we can selves so fairly beset that we could not
votes to posterity; it would be unfair honestly assure him, that his work is avoid it. This will, perhaps, appear
in quoting not to give him a chance, the most wretched production that ever
and, therefore, we select the first of strange to many of our readers ; but
came under our notice; and, as he the cry of copy' by a printer's devil is those chosen productions, Napoleon's candidly confesses, the sooner the imperative, as, according to the old proAddress to Josephine:
chaff of a man's productions is blowa verb, we needs must when the Devil • Well, sorceress, would'st thou see my soul
the better,' he surely cannot feel
offended in subjecting his performances But we commenced with Mr. Gower's
In all my plans uncouncill'd and alone,
to the fan of criticisin.
Lellers on Ancient History: exhibiting Calthorpe, ou Revers de Fortune. the player writes on the dusty move
a Summary View of the History, In a recent number we mentioned that ables in Bandy Juliet's parlour, inGeography, Manners, and Customs the novel of Calthorpe, or Fallen dulges in a grossness which is at once of the Assyrian, Babylonian, Median, Fortunes, 'which, it will be remembered, bad in itself, and wholly unlike the Persian, Egyptian, Israelilish, and we noticed favourably and at some length original. Immediately after, he adds Grecian Nations. By Anne Wil- a few months back, had already been more than a page which is purely his Third Edition.
12mo. pp. translated into French and reprinted in own, and sends Practical back to the 312. Londov, 1821.
America. Our opinion of the work is house of Sir James Dencille, after the The work before us having already on record, and we are only induced escape, for a portmanteau, for no other received the stamp of public favour, again to advert to it in order to make a purpose than to make the hero more we have pleasure in noticing the im- few remarks on the French translation, comfortable on his journey from Derprovements of the present edition, which is now before us.
byshire to London, than the author which seem to consist chiefly in adopt- The translator of the novels ascribed cared to render him. ing the plan of adding questions at the to Sir Walter Scott, under whose au- One alteration he has made, which is end of each letter, for the purpose of spices Calthorpe has appeared in decidedly an improvement. Le Blun, examining the reader upon its most Paris, has acquired a great reputation in the original, cut five buttons from prominent points ; this addition has among his countrymen by his efforts bis gaiters, each of which furnished an been made avowedly from the success in this way, and the address with which Euglish guinea to pay for a dinner of the plan in Pinvock’s Histories of he has got over the greatest difficul- and other refreshments at Duber. England, Greece, and Rome, and is ties in the way of rendering an English The translator makes him take off but certainly well suited to impress the work into French, entitle him to the ove button, which contains a forty meipory and assist the scholar in self applause he has received. He well franc piece. With Le Blun's French examination. We consider the editor's understands that a translation must ideas of cheapness, this is undoubtedly comments on the study of history, in pot, in every instance, be strictly lite more probable than the production of the preface, neat and judicious, and ral, and he frequently makes use of a larger sum. shall, therefore, subjoin an extract:- bold equivalents with success. But Expert as the translator must be,
• A knowledge of Ancient History car- occasionally he takes upon himself to from the practice he has had, and eleries us back to primæval ages, triumphs alter the arrangement of the original, gantly faithful as he is in most places, over time, opens to us the experience of to omit and to add to his author. He it is laughable to see how little idiomaantiquity, and introduces us to those great seems rather anxious to guard against tical peculiarities sometimes mislead and distinguished personages whose actions will ever be held up to admiring thor indulges in a figure, he is in seve
too much decoration. Where the au- one so competent to read our language. posterity as worthy of imitation; while
Where the manager is told that he it presents us with innumerable instances ral instances cut short by his transla- might aspire to personate • The Jack of of misguided ambition and lawless vio tor. For example, Brinkman says, in Clubs,' the translator is completely lence, which ought to serve as beacons to the English,
baffled, and he renders the valet de warn us of the fatal consequences of de. • It was midnight; a storm raged with, treffles · Jack de Club,' evidently misviating from the principles of honour, out, and the winds were alternately heard, led by the meaning attached to the truth, and justice. In short, the true use
now hoarse and loud as the thunder of word club in other cases. of history is to enable us to profit by the heaven-now soft and sad as the sigh of a experience of those who have gone before dying infant.'
We cannot enlarge on this subject, us, to avoid their errors and prejudices, This is rendered very different :
or there are other peculiarities which it and so to regulate our actions that they may best conduce towards our individual et des vents se faisoit alternativement en
Il étoit minuit, et le bruit du tonnerre night be amusing to point out. Jus
tice requires that we should state the happiness and the important ends of hu- tendre.'
principal scenes are translated with manity.' And again. The study of history is
When Henry flies to tell Louisa, spirit and closeness to the original. It no less a source of amusement than in who is at her devotions, that her father is curious to infer the different tastes struction. What argument can be ad- is less culpable than he supposed him of the two countries from the changes
made. We see that the translator, for vanced—what anecdote related-what to be, the author makes him say, apoconversation entered upon-wherein a logizing for interrupting her,
the satisfaction of French readers, has knowledge of history will not come sea- • Such tidings I could not withhold;
thought it necessary to marry Henry Simahly to our aid; affording either vali. but anticipating that beaming sinile of vir and Louisa. The English author felt dity to our assertions or illustration to our tuous joy, I have ventured even to arrest that this would be rather too bold an arguments ; rendering the most common your devotions, as the bold patriarch of experiment, and contented himself with place subjects interesting, and furnishing old, to gain a blessing, scrúpled not to de pointing to that event, as one which us with the means of enriching the most tain for a moment an angel from his might take place at a future period, barren topics of discourse !'
God.' The editor further remarks, that the
and then dropped the curtain, that his
The translator leaves out this and hero might not be seen united to the epistolary style has been preferred, in the description of Louisa, and merely daughter of one so stained by crime as order to narrate in the most familiar say's that Henry hastened to undeceive Brinkinan. language, those important events which her, and the reader car best imagine demand attention, and that a plain the joy with which his intelligence was unvarnished tale' has been throughout received.
Anecdotes of Exile. attempted.--The work is particularly The author makes Practical play From the twenty-second. Part of the suited for youth, and merits the atten- off some indecorous pranks, but is Percy Anecdotes, which is devoted to tion of all who are engaged in educa- careful to avoid the disgusting. The Exile, and contains a good partrait of tion.
translator, in giving the sentences which Bonaparte, we select the two following