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Yourselves with Tom
Abroad, to beg your bacon.
• Nor never, sing any food and feeding,
Money, drink, or cloathing;
Come dame or maid,
Be not afraid,
For Tom will injure nothing.
Of thirty bare years have I
Twice twent been enraged;
And of forty been
Three times fifteen
In durance soundly caged.
In the lovely lofts of Bedlam,
In stubble soft and dainty,
Brave bracelets strong,
Sweet whips ding, dong,
And a wholesome hunger plenty.
• I know more than Apollo;
For, oft when he lies sleeping,
I behold the stars
At mortal wars,
And the rounded welkin weeping;
The moon embraces her shepherd,
And the Queen of Love her warrior;
While the first does horn
The stars of the morn,
And the next the heavenly farrier.
• With a heart of furious fancies,
Whereof I am commander;
With a burning spear,
And a horse of air,
To the wilderness I wander ;
With a knight of ghosts and sladows,
I summoned am to Tourney:
Ten leagues beyond
The wide world's end;
Methinks it is no journey!'
We must now take leave of this amusing volume, and ingratitude to the compiler, we wish to part with him in good humour. We cannot, however, but express our regret that his irreligious prejudices should so often have triumphed over his candour and his better judgement and that he should ever have thougbt it expedient to testify bis attachment to literature and the arts, by cajumniating those whom he is pleased to consider as their natural enemies. We confess we are Puritanical enough to object against his very motto, as carrying with it the air of libertinism; but
Mr. D'Israeli is far enough indeed from being a rigid moralist; he is evidently, to use bis own expression, a 'nan of sen'sation,' whose law is impulse, and whose God is the world.
Art. XII. Modern Greece. A Poem, 8vo. pp. 67. London, 1817. THIS is not to be passed over among the neatly sewed and
well covered pamphlets, that are every now and then put forth under the protection of the Albemarle-street publisher. It is the production of a man of genuine talent and feeling. The subject is not new : we anticipate the train of thought inevitably suggested to the mind of the poet. Lord Byron has in a few powerful stanzas told us the whole tale of Modern Greece, and laid the exanimate corpse of its fallen grandeur before All that a subsequent writer could do, was to pronounce the oruison funébre, relying upon the eluquence of verse to impart a sustained interest to the simple and obvious reflections appropriate to the theme. The present poem, is in fact, nothing more than a single and familiar thought newly set to a richly ornamental harmony. It extends to a hundred and one stanzas, unrelieved by incident, a continuous stream of descriptive poetry. The effect of this upop the reader, as a whole, will depend upon how long his mind can hold breath; but we shall have no difficulty in extracting passages of impressive beauty.
Chateaubriand mentions the emigration of the natives of the Morea to different parts of Asia, and even to the woods of Florida. Vain hope !' he exclaims, the exile finds pachas and
cadis in the sands of Jordan and in the deserts of Palmyra.' The Author has turned this thought to a good advantage.
Lo! to the scenes of fiction's wildest tales,
Her own bright East, thy son, Morea! fies,
To seek repose midst rich, romantic vales,
Whose incense mounts to Asia's vivid skies,
There shall he rest?--Alas! his hopes in vain
Guide to the sun-clad regions of the palm,
Peace dwells not now on oriental plain,
Though earth is fruitfulness, and air iş balm,
And the sad wanderer finds but lawless foes,
Where patriarchs reigo'd of old, in pastoral repose.
• But thou, fair world! whose fresh unsullied charms
Welcomed Columbus from the western wave,
Wilt thou receive the wanderer to thine arms,
The lost descendant of the immortal brave?
Amidst the wild magnificence of shades
That o'er thy floods their twilight-grandeur cast,
In the green depth of thine untrodden glades,
Shall be not rear his bower of peace at last?
Yes! thou liast many a lone, majestic scene,
Shrined in primæval woods, were despot ne'er hath been.
• There, by some lake, whose blue expansive breast
Bright from afar, an inland ocean, gleams,
Girt with vast solitudes, profusely drest
In tints like those that float o'er poet's dreams;
Or where some flood from pine-clad mountain pours
Its might of waters, glittering in their foam,
Midst the rich verdure of its wooded shores,
The exiled Greek-hath fix'd his sylvan home :
So deeply lone, that round the wild retreat
Scarce have the paths been trod by Indian huntsman's feet.
: The forests are around him in their pride,
green savannas, and the mighty waves ;
And isles of flowers, bright-floating o'er the tide,
That images the fairy worlds it laves,
And stillness, and luxuriance-o'er his head
The ancient cedars wave their peopled bowers,
On high the palms their graceful foliage spread,
Cinctured with roses the magnolia towers,
And from those green arcades a thousand tones
Wake with each breeze, whose voice through Nature's temple
• And there, no traces, left by brighter days,
For glory lost may wake a sigh of grief,
Some grassy mound perchance may meet his gaze,
The lone memorial of an Indian chief.
There man not yet hath marked the boundless plain
With marble records of his fame and power ;
The forest is his everlasting fane,
The palm his monument, the rock his tower.
Th' eternal torrent, and the giant tree,
Remind him but that they, like him, are wildly free.
• But doth the exile's heart serenely there
In sunshine dwell?--Ah! when was exile blest?
When did bright scenes, clear heavens, or summer-air,
Chase from his soul the lever of unrest ?
- There is a heart-sick weariness of mood,
That like slow poison wastes the vital glow,
And shrines itself in mental solitude,
An uncomplaining and a nameless woe,
That coldly smiles midst pleasure's brightest ray,
As the chill glacier's peak reflects the flush of day.
Such grief is theirs, who, fixed on foreign shore,
Sigh for the spirit of their native gales,
As pines the seaman, midst the ocean's roar,
For the green earth, with all its woods and vales,
Thus feels thy child, whose memory dwells with thee,
Loved Greece! all sunk and blighted as thou art :
Though thought and step in western wilds be free,
Yet thine are still the day.dreams of his heart;
The deserts spread between, the billows foam, Thou, distant and in chains, art yet his spirit's home.' pp. 6—10. In the following passage, the transition from the degraded and degrading empire of the Turkish sovereigns of Greece, to the romantic era of the Caliphate, is very happily introduced. After comparing the column of the mosque rising amid the landscape a landmark of slavery,' to the dark upas tree, the poet exclaims :
• Far other influence pour'd the Crescent's light,
O'er conquer'd realms, in ages past away ;
Full and alone it beam'd, intensely bright,
While distant climes in midnight darkness lay.
Then rose th' Alhambra, with its founts and shades,
Fair marble halls, alcoves, and orange bowers :
Its sculptured lions, richly wrought arcades,
Aërial pillars, and enchanted towers;
Light, splendid, wild, as some Arabian tale
Would picture fairy domes, that fleet before the gale.
• Then foster'd genius lent each Caliph's throne
Lustre barbaric pomp could ne’er attain;
And stars unnumber'd o'er the orient shone,
Bright as that Pleïad, sphered in Mecca's fane.
From Bagdat’s palaces the choral strains
Rose and re-echoed to the desert's bound,
And Science, wooed on Egypt's burning plains,
Rear'd her majestic head with glory crown'd;
And the wild Muses breathed romantic lore,
From Syria's palmy groves to Andalusia's shore.
Those years have past in radiance-they have past,
As sinks the day-star in the tropic main;
His parting beams no soft reflection cast,
They burn-are quench'd-and deepest shadows reign.
And Fame and Science have not left a trace,
In the vast regions of the Moslem's power,
Regions, to intellect a desert space,
A wild without a fountain or a flower,
Where towers oppression midst the deepening glooms,
As dark and lone ascends the cypress midst the tombs.
• Where now thy shrines, Eleusis ! where thy fane,
Of fearful visions, mysteries wild and high?
The pomp of rites, the sacrificial train,
The long procession's awful pageantry?
Quench'd is the torch of Ceres-all around
Decay hath spread the stillness of her reign,
There never more shall choral hymns resound,
O'er the hush'd earth and solitary main ;
Whose wave from Salamis deserted flows,
To bathe a silent shore of desolate repose.
And oh! ye secret and terrific powers,
Dark oracles ! in depth of groves that dwelt,
How are they sunk, the altars of your bowers,
Where superstition trembled as she knelt !
Ye, the unknown, the viewless ones! that made
The elements your voice, the wind and wave;
Spirits ! whose influence darken'd many a shade,
Mysterious visitants of fount and cave!
How long your power the awe-struck nations sway'd,
How long carth dreamt of you, and shudderingly obey'd !
. And say, what marvel, in those early days,
While yet the light of heaven-born truth was not;
If man around him cast a fearful gaze,
Peopling with shadowy powers each dell and grot?
Awful is nature in her
Her solemn voice commanding in its might,
And mystery then was in the rush of storms,
The gloom of woods, the majesty of night;
And mortals heard fate's language in the blast,
And rear'd your forest-shrines, ye phantoms of the past !
• Thebes, Corinth, Argos !-ye, renown'd of old,
Where are your chiefs of high romantic name?
How soon the tale of ages may be told!
A page, a verse, records the fall of fame,
The work of centuries—we gaze on you,
Oh cities ! once the glorious and the free,
The lofty tales that charm’d our youth renew,
And wondering ask, if these their scenes could be ?
Search for the classic fane, the regal tomb, And find the mosque alone-a record of their doom !' Some of the most spirited stavzas in the poem are those which contain the apostrophe to Athens. The Elgin marbles, which are described with not less correctness and skill than enthusiasm, naturally lead the poet to advert to the influence which the study of these works is adapted to have upon our own artists, and he calls upon England, in conclusion, to be what Athens e'er has been.',
Art. XII. The Arctic Expeditions. A Poem. By Miss Porden. 8vo.
pp. 30. 1818. WE E should have noticed this poem
before. Perused immediately after the very able and delightful article' in the Quarterly Review, which to a subject half-science, half speculation, succeeded in communicating the illusive interest of romance and the reality of history, it would have accorded well with the reader's feelings. But now, alas ! the Expeditions have returned, and the day-dream is ended! Lost Greenland is VOL. X. N. S.