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ceive that we have been doing some her little lay by beautifully saying of service to the cause of piety—and pomp and splendourpoetry-by thus attempting to widen « Yet could they no more sound content. the sphere of their circulation. They

ment bring, seem to be fast going through editions Than star-light can make grass or flowers -the Christian Psalmist having reached a fifth-nor is there any person of

spring !” any persuasion--if he be a Christian

And can, he asks, the very humble — who will not be the better of having

stanzas of poor Anne Askew, made and such volumes often in his hands.

sung in Newgate, while waiting for Mr Montgomery's critical remarks,

her crown of martyrdom, be read withit will have been seen, are often emin out emotions more deep and affecting, nently beautiful, and very profound. and far more powerful than poetry His common-places are always those

could awaken on a subject of fictiti

could au of a poet, whose genius is ever felt to ous woe? be in subservience to his piety. The

“ Not oft I use to wryght simplest of his sentences has often the deepest meaning; and though he

In prose, nor yet in ryme ;

Yet wyl I shewe one syght, sometimes loves to diffuse himself over

That I sawe in my tyme. a subject that is dear to him, he often says much in few words. There may to “ I sawe a royall throne, some-nay to many minds, be some Where Iustyce shulde have sytte ; thing startling in his sentiments-ex But in her steade was One pressed as they often are, with no de Of moody cruell wyue. ference to the authority of old opie nions, or of new, come from what

“ Absorpt was ryghtwysness, quarter they will; but there is never

As by the ragynge floude;

Sathan, in his excess any thing-judging by our own feel.

Sucte up the guiltlesse bloude. ings on certain occasions when we could not entirely sympathize with

“ Then thought I,-lesus, Lorde, them-never any thing repulsive; and When thou shalt judge us all, if there be any differences in his creed

Harde is it to recorde from ours--so fervent and sincere is On these men what wyll fall. every word and every look of the man, (we speak of him, from his writings, “ Yet, Lorde, I Thee desyre, as if he were a personal friend

For that they doe to me, though we have never seen his thought

Let them not taste the hyre ful face but in a picture,) that we

Of their iniquytie.” trust these differences are neither ma

In like manner, can any of the ny nor great-for we should suspect

“ Prison Poems” in the volume-Sir our own Christianity, were it not,

Thomas More's, Sir Walter Raleigh's, in essentials, the Christianity which,

Sir Thomas Overbury's, Sir Francis in much noble verse, and much plea

Wortley's, George Wither's, John sant prose, has, for twenty years past and more too, been issuing from the

Bunyan's—can any of them be read pure spirit of the Bard of Sheffield.

with ordinary sympathy, such as the There is a fine humanity in all his cri.

verses themselves, if written in other

circumstances, would have excited ? ticism. Thus, in alluding to the rough

“ Surely not; the situation of the unstyle and harsh metre of some ancient

fortunate beings, wbo thus confessed on poems-or verses rather, in the Chris

the rack of personal and mental torture, tian Psalmist—to their forbidding as

or in the immediate prospect of eternity, pect-he says that every piece has

gives intense and overwhelming interest some peculiar merit and interest of its

to lines, which have no extraordinary poeown-and he asks, who would think

tic fervour to recommend them. With his time misemployed in conning over

what strange curiosity do we look even eleven dull lines by Anne Collins, for

on animals driven to the slaughter, which the sake of meeting, in the twelfth, we should have disregarded had we seen an original and brilliant emanation of

them grazing in the field! Who can fancy? Anne Collins, in one of her turn away his eyes from a criminal led Divine Songs and Meditations (1653), to execution, yet who can fix them on in telling us that happiness is not to his amazed and bewildered countenance? be found in the creation, concludes The common place,' of the gallows,

his last dying speech and confession,' spare minutes they are peculiarly adapte though consisting of a few hurried, bro- ed. They will not glide over a vacant ken words, which almost every felon mind, as sing-song verse is wont to do, repeats, and hardly understands their like quicksilver over a smooth table, in meaning himself while he utters them, glittering, minute, and unconnected glo. may produce feelings which all the bules, hastily vanishing away, or when breath of eloquence, from lips not about detained, not to be moulded into any fixed to be shut for ever, would fail to awa- shape. They will rather supply tasks and ken. But a good man struggling with themes for meditation; tasks, such as adversity, which even the heathen deem- the eagle sets her young when she is ed & spectacle worthy of the Gods to teaching them to Ay; themes, such as contemplate with admiration, becomes are vouch safed to inspire poets, in their an oracle in bis agony; and to know how happiest moods. Nor can the inexpert he looked, and spoke, and felt, for the reader be aware till he has tried, how last time, does literally elevate and pu. much the old language improves upon farify the soul by terror, -terror in which miliarity; and how the productions of the just so much compassion is mingled as old poets, like dried spices, give out their to identify him with ourselves in sensie sweetness the more, the more they are bility to suffering, while we are identi handled. The fine gold may have befied with him in exaltation of mind above come dim, and the fashion of the plate the infirmity of pain and the fear of may be antiquated, but the material is fine death. No eccentricity or perversity of gold still, and the workmanship as pertaste, manifested in literary effusions un- fect as it came from the tool of the artist; der such circumstances, can destroy the nor is it barbarous, except to eyes that force of nature, or render her voice un- cannot see it as it was intended to be intelligible in them, though speaking a seen, in connexion with the whole state strange language, provided it be the lan- of human society and human intellect at guage of the times, and not the affected the time. Changes have taken place, style of the individual, assumed to ex. within the last century, in the style of repress sentiments equally affected." ligious poetry, which formerly was too How much of the pleasure which

much assimilated to the character of Sowe derive from poetry does indeed de

lomon's song,-a portion of Scripture ofpend upon contingent circumstances,

ten paraphrased, and, it may be added, which confer on the writer or the sub

always unhappily. In judging of our

poets of the middle age, from Elizabeth ject a peculiar, local, personal, or temporary interest and importance! Such

to James the II., we are bound to make

the same allowances which we do naturinterest and importance, says Mr Mont

ally, in reading the works of our divines gomery, belong to all the subjects of

of the same period, who, with many exthis small volume,- for all the writers

travagances, bave left monuments of geare dead!

nius and piety in prose, unexcelled by “ These thoughts, then, of the depart. later theologians, in powerful argument, ed, expressed in their own words, and splendid eloquence, and learned illustrabrought to our ears in the very sounds tion. With such a preparation of mind, with which they uttered them, and affect the reader, sitting down to this volume, ing our hearts even more than they affect will find every page improve to his taste, ed their own, by the consideration that in proportion as his taste improves, to they are no longer living voices, but relish what is most råre and exquisite in voices from beyond the tomb, from in- our language, the union of poetry with visible beings, somewbere in existence, at piety, in the works of men distinguished, this moment,-these thoughts, thus aw. in their generation, for eminence in the fully associated, will prove noble, strength. one or the other of these, and frequently ening, and instructive exercises of mind, for pre-eminence in both. It is, howfor us to read and to understand ; for the ever, greatly to be lamented, that the heapplication required to comprehend them terogeneous compositions of the most duly, will heighten the enjoyment of the popular of the Authors, even in the prepoetry when it is thus understood; the sent muster-roll, (with few exceptions,) obscurity and difficulty, not arising from cannot be indiscriminately recommended. the defects of the composition, but from Few, indeed, of the poets of our Christian the unacquaintedness of the reader with country, previous to the era of Cowper, the models in vogue, when the author have left such manuscripts of their waywrote. These specimens of 'pious verse' ward minds, as would be deemed altowill not be idle amusements for a few gether unexceptionable, even by men of spare minutes, yet for the delight of the world, who had no particular rere

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INDEX TO VOLUME XXIV.

Affairs, on the present state of, 475. Eng.

lish policy as it was and as it is, ib.
Foreign policy of Mr Canning, 476-in
regard to Greece, 477-policy in regard

to Ireland, 478
Allowa, 'The Goode Manne of, 561
Ambrosianæ, Noctes, No. xxxvii. 501...

No. xxxviii.512_No. xxxix. 640_No.

xl. 677
America, Notes on the United States of,

621
Antescript, 500
Appointments and promotions, military,

128, 400, 797
Awkwardness of man, remarks on, 211
Ballad Stanzus, by Delta, 498
Bankrupts, monthly lists of British, 130,

402, 802
Bachellor's Beat, The, No. v. A day at

the sea-side, 335
Bath, a satire, 462
Battle of New Orleans, sketch of the, 354
Beauty, verses to, 30
Bhurtpore, Letter from an officer relative

to the siege of, 94
Bidcombe Hill, 343
Births, lists of, 131, 403, 804
Bowles, the Rev. W. Lisle, and his resi.

dence at Bremhill, 226
Brownie of the Black Haggs, the, 489
“ Buy a Broom," Chap. j. 709_Chap. ii.

Cardo's Legend, 715-Chap. iii. 717-
Chap. iv. 723_Chap. v. 727_Chap. vi.

732-Chap. vii. 735
Castle of Time, the, by Delta, 362
Catholic Question_On the coronation

oath in reference to the, 1-On a late
long debate in the House of Commons
on the subject, 87_Note of proceedings
and divisions in Parliament on the, 93

-On the state of Ireland in relation to
the, 410

-- Substance of Sir R. Inglis's two
Speeches on the, Review of, 811
Christianity, on the missions of, 31
Christophersee North
Clapperton, Captain, death of, 136
Clare Election, letters concerning the, 219
Close of the London Season, letter on, 326

-State of the Ilinistry, ib.-Catholic
and Corn questions, 328_Huskisson's
resignation, 329— The Opposition, 330

King's College, ib.-Grub street, 331
-King's Theatre, 332-Mlle Sontag,

333
Corn Markets, 123, 749
Coronation Oath, in reference to Roman

Catholics, remarks on the, 1-On Dr
Phillpotts' letter on the subject, 8_On
Mr Lane's Treatise, 10_Opinions of

the Edinburgh Review combated, 11
Casuistry of Dr Milner, 23_Mr Burke's

opinion, 23
Court of Darkness, the, 481
Cruelty to Animals, remarks on, 834
Darkness, Court of, 481
Dawson, Mr, remarks on his speech on

the state of Ireland, 412
Dead, the message to the, 333
Deaths, lists of, 133, 405, 807
Delta-Summer morning landscape, by,

103_To lanthe, in absence, by, 176 —
Elegiac Stanzas by, 217–Ballad Stan-

zas by, 498
Dreams, the land of, 783
Duellists, the, a Tale of the “ Thirty

Years' War," 541
Duncan, Dr Andrew, senior, death of, 408
Elegiac Stan zas by Delta, 217
Elements of Rhetoric, Review of Whate-
| ly’s, 885
Evening, an ode, 37
Execution in Paris, an, 785
Flies, on the cruelty of killing, 834
First Play of the Season, the, 557
Good Works, on the Nothingness of, 870
Goode Manne of Allowa, the, 561
Grillpurzer's drama of the Golden Fleece,

Review of, 155
Hamlet, on the character of, 585_Post-

script, 592
Hieroglyphics, Marquis Spineto on, 313
Horæ Germanicæ, No. xxv. Grillparzer's

Golden Fleece, 155
Hougge, Mr, ane rychte gude and preyti.

ous ballandebe, 177--Ane most strainge

and treuthfulle ballande, made be, 561
Huel-Rose, the, 737
Huskisson, Mr, remarks on his resigna.

tion of place, and his correspondence

with the Duke of Wellington, 107
Inglis, Sir R., substance of his two speeches

upon the Catholic Question, 811
Interscript to an article on Shakspeare,

583
Intruding Widow, the, a dramatic poem,

765
Ireland, state of, in relation to the Catho-

lic question, 410_Effects of the " sys.
tem of conciliation" upon the Catholics,
411-Mr Dawson's speech on the state
of the country, 412~Remarks upon in
413--Influence of the Pope on the Ca.
tholic Church, 416_Catholics have no
claims on the ground of right and jus-
rice, 421_The removal of their disabi-
lities must make continual political war
a part of their religion, 423__and can
not operate as a remedy for the frightful
state of the commıry, but the reverse, 4:24

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nals, 699_Catholics of Ireland, 781-
Absenteeism, 702_Agitators, orators,

and Irish affairs, ib.-708
Nothingness of good works, on the, 870
Norfolk Punch, an incantation, 101
North, Christopher, brief remarks by, en

a late long debate on the Catholic Ques.
tion, 87

- in his sporting jacket,
Fytte first, 273_Fytte second, 288
Fytte third, 300

- Speech of, on proposing
as a toast the Duke of Wellington, 536
Notes on the United States of America,

621

Value of the securities offered by the
emancipators, 424_What might be ex.
pected from the removal of the disabili
ties, 427_Hostility of the Catholics to
religious and civil liberty, 432—The
present Lord Lieutenant, and his Go.
vernment, 433_Measures which ought

to be adopted to quiet the country, 434
Ireland as it is ; in 1828. Chap. i., 453

Chap. ii., 456_Chap. iii. Its politi.
cal state, 630_Chap. iv. Assemblages
of the people, 554_Chap. v. The land
and the landlords, 752_Chap. vi. Ma-
nufactures and commerce, 756

56
June Jaunt, the, a chapter omitted in the

life of Mansie Wauch, 909 .
Kuzzilbash, the, a tale of Khorasan, 52
Land of Dreams, the, 783
Letter from an infantry officer, relative to
the siege of Bhurtpore, 94

on the Clare election, 219

on the close of the London season,
326
Liberals, the rise and fall of the, 96
Living Poets, their residences, 226
Loretto, remarks on the miracles of, 357
Maid ? art thou the, 912
Marriages, lists of, 132, 404, 805
Martin's picture of the Fall of Nineveh,

remarks on, 36
Meteorological Tables, 127, 796
Message to the dead, the, 353
Military appointments, promotions, &c.,

128, 400, 797
Missions of Christianity, remarks on the,

31
Monkeyana, or men in miniature, remarks

on, 42

Montgomery's sacred poetry, review of,

913
Music of the spheres, the, 225
New Orleans, sketch of the battle of, 354
Nineveh, remarks on Martin's picture of

the fall of, 36
Noctes Ambrosianæ, No.xxxvii, 501_Rus.

sian and Turkish war, ib. The Greeks,
503_The Pacha of Egypt, 504_Don
Miguel and the Portuguese constitution.
alists, 505_Corn, currency, and Catho.
lics, 507-Song, 511-No. xxxviii, 512
-The Shepherd on dreams, 514_The
Lily of the lea, 518_Education_The
march of intellect, 521-Albums, 524
-Astronomy, 532Song, 535_Speech
of Christopher North on proposing the
health of the Duke of Wellington, 536
-No. xxxix, 640_Origin of poetry, 616
-Affairs of Ireland, 657_Brunswick
clubs, 659_Ministers and sermons, 661
-The Medicean Venus, 665_Charge
of indelicacy against the Noctes, 666-
Retzsch's illustrations of Hamlet, 668%
The Annuals, 672_No. lx, 677-Edin-
burgh in summer, 679—and in winter,
ib.--Advertiser for a wife, 681_Song,
“ John Nicholson's Daughter,” 688
Song, the Twa Magicians, 691_Edin-
burgh Review, 692_Calumnies on Ma.
ga, 695--Annuals, 698_ Morning jour.

Notices, travelling and political, by a

Whig-hater, 184_Of the Catholic As.
sociation, 186_Lord Eldon, 188_Coun.
ty of Wicklow, 189_Bath, 190_Bris-
tol to London, 191_London ; Whigs

and Liberals, ib.-House of Commons,
· 192
Ode to Tan Hill, 762
O'Hara Family, remarks on the Tales of

the, 469
Old system of trade, and the new, remarks

on the, 370
Old maid's story, an, 835
Oxford, three years at, 864
Paris, an execution in, 785
Phillpotts, Dr, and Mr Lane, remarks on

their pamphlets on the coronation oath, I
Play, the first of the season, 557
Poetry_The Tour of Dulness, 29_TO

Beauty,30_Evening, an Ode, 37_Nor-
folk Punch, an incantation, 101-Sum-
mer morning landscape, by Delta, 103
-To Ianthe, in absence, by Delta, 176
-Ane rychte gude and preytious bal.
lande, compylit be Mr Hougge, 177
Elegiac stanzas, by Delta, 217– The
music of the spheres, 225_The message
to the dead, 353_The Castle of Time,
by Delta, 362_Court of darkness, 48]
-The goode Manne of Allowa, 561 -
Tasso's Coronation, 614–The voice of
the wind, 639_Song, “ John Nichol.
son's Daughter," 688_The twa Magi.
cians, 691-Ode to Tan Hill, 762_The
Vaudois wife, 682_Art thou the maid?

912
Poor proscribed animal, recollections of a,

593
Postscript to an article on the character of

Hamlet, 592
Prices current, 795
Promotions, appointments, &c. 128, 400,

797
Publications, monthly lists of new ones,

123, 398, 791
Recollections of a poor proscribed animal,

593_Chap. i, ib. Chap. ii, 603_Note

613
Remarks on the coronation oath, in refer-

ence to the exclusion of Catholics froin
political power, 1-On the missions of
Christianity, 31-On Martin's Fall of
Nineveh, 36-On Monkeyana, or men
in miniature, 42-On the Usury Laws,

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