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expression, Our brother for whom very noble , natural i eloquence Christ died?
is throughout the volume; but a large These are not the only.considera- octavo. of natural eloquence, on tions that prove the force of the local subjects, or rather on a single argument we bave been recommend local subject, and unaided by the ing; or, in other words, that im- relish of anecdote or narrative, on mediately connect'a belief in the by interesting displays of individual doctrine of redemption with the character, is not calculated to be exercise of charity. There are come popular with the modern other connecting principles, of a English public, . We are not good similar kind, and of at least equal recipients of unaccompanied natural strength; probably there are many eloquence. We require variety, others. But our narrowing limits finish, matter, philosophy; and, warn us to forbear: we shall there where we find these sparingly dealt fore leave the subject to the reader, out, are not unlikely, after admirand shall at the same time conclude ing a few pages, to sleep over the the present article. ''
T á rest. The Sermons of Dean Kirwan Yet this volume bas many claims will, we doubt not, be more or less on the public attention; and among read: the effect which they are others, it has ope wbich we should known to have produced, and the hold it unpardonable to pass in si-. renown of their eminent author, lence. Dean Kirwan left bebind cannot fail to secure them readers; him a family of two sons and two
but whether they will become daughters. The latter have the generally popular, particularly in benefit of a small annuity from the this country, is a matter of more Crown ; but the sons are totally doubt. As pieces of hortatory without provision, and one object divinity (which is their most impor- of the present work is to assist in tant character), having no longer raising funds for their education. the embellishments of the admirable +, Can there be a more affecting elocution and manner which ori- thought than that these very disginally recommended them, they courses, which have produced will be found too strict' to please thousands of alms for the Orphanthe worldly; and they want fulness, house in Dublin, which have upminuteness, and accuracy, for the held the most splendid institutions pious. 'As works of eloquence, the of charity, which have soathed so genius which unquestionably lives many pains, and assuaged so many in them cannot be fully appreciat. sorrows, should now plead in vain ed without a 'more careful advert- for the orphans of him by whom ence to the circumstances under they were composed ?: rompi pytu, which they were delivered, than can be expected from 'a casual reader. The localities that gaveide them interest in the delivery, must
Hebrew Melodies. By LORD "BYrather operate against them in the
RON. London: Murray. 1815.
"Oo. 53 7. Say; 2010. perusal; and the similarity and
'. , . .. Solo confined range of the subjects has The history of this publication is teirded to produce a monotony in very short. Mr. Braham, the celethe whole mass, which it required brated vocal performer, and Mr. more exuberance of thought or Nathan, having undertaken to pubvariety of allustration than we here lish some Hebrew melodies, or find, ito pelieye. That free, de- tunes, which have been immemoriclamatory manner, besides, which ally used in the synagogues, were probably gratified the Irish hearer, so fortunate, as to be supplied with will as probably offend, the English English words, for their musiał by reader, There is a great deal of Lord Byron. The words are RON
published by themselves, though He who opens the book with this still under the title of Hebrew Me- impression, will feel some surprise lodies; a term perhaps improperly on reading the first piece in the applied, since it seems synonimous collection. We subjoin it for the with Hebrew airs, or music, and judgment of the reader." 'bue.. therefore belongs rather to the " She walks in beauty, like the night may tunes themselves than to the ac- Of cloudless climes and starry, skies;.. companying poetry. The only And all that's best of dark and bright justification of this apparent im- Meet in her aspect and her eyes: propriety, is by supposing it to be Thus mellow'd to that tender light " the practical application of a well. Which heaven to gaudy day denies." known metaphor; and that music, « One shade the more, one ray the less, having been in this instance "mar- Had half impair'd the nameless grace ried to immortal verse (as Milton Which waves in every raven 'tress,! * expresses it), has given to its part. Or softly lightens o'er her face; ;) ner its own name, which is still
which is still Where thoughts serenely sweet express retained in a state of separation. 94
297 How pure, how dear their dwelling Those who expect to find in this
in this was place., . , . collection a very ample or striking And on that cheek, and o'er that brow.
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent, sot exhibition of Lord Byron's genius, a
The smiles that win, the tints that glow . will probably be disappointed. But tell of days in goodness spent, ..
It is, indeed, sprinkled with occa- A mind at peace with all below, sional indications of his hand; but, A beart whose love is innocent!"': 5.) on the whole, it is a slight work,
****"pp. 3, 4. and was evidently intended as no- It would be lost time, to sbew thing more. It might rather seem that this is not sacred poetry: but the fruit of a single day of leisure, we may be allowed to remark, that than the hard achievement of long- it is not even appropriate or na: continued toil, or a brilliant assem- tional. There is nothing in it of a blage of the results of distant and Heh
nt and Hebrew or even of an Oriental insulated moments of inspiration.
character;, unless an allusion be 6The members of Christian com
supposed in the mention of cloud munities have been so accustomed
less climes;" an allusion too faint to regard Hebrew exclusively as a
to be perceived till it is sought, sacred language, that the term The personification of Night, which Hebrew Melodies, when applied to forms the basis of the poem, would poems, instinctively conveys to our rather suit ihe genius of classical minds the idea of compositions the
sitions than of Oriental composition. Of directly employed on 'sacred or
such personifications all poetry highly moral subjects, and devo
evo which is not derived from a classitional in their general complexion
" if not in their immediate and pro
cal source, irom ... 96Si fessed distination. In the work en the songs wol 1.7391 before us, indeed, the author speaks ]c Of Grecian bards and records wait in the character of those with whom n 'by fame.' "67" Dll Hebrew is, in some degree, the 1. For Grecian heroes, -"... I do language of business and of society makes a very sparing use. But the as well as of religion. Sull, as the comparison of a dark beauty to a music for which his compositions star-light night, seemis neither clas. were intended, is understood to "sical por Hebrew. It reininds us flrave been perpetuated only through rather of the quaint prettiness and the medium of worship, we natu- fanciful refinement that distinguishrally conclude that the poetry will ked the poets of our own country in consist of holy Hays verses the seventeenth century, in the either immediately religious, or at age of madrigals and posies, of the least serious and contemplative. Withers, Herricks and Carewis This remark does not necessarily imply to have been met with in Palestine, blame ; for the poem is evidently yet at all events, she must be too the production of a superior band; much of a stranger there, to hold a and the second stanza strikes us as prominent place in a twilight picpeculiarly elegant. Yet, after all, ture. What is worse, the twilight such themes sound somewhat itself is a stranger, or nearly so, in strange on holy ground. Our ear- the regions adjacent to the tropics; liest associations are violated, when that is, it is too short and hurried we hear the Muse of Palestine so in its duration to gain a marked uttering her voice; and we are 'character. But the description tempted to believe, that she has offends more by omission than by really forgotten the songs of her positive fault. The ideas which country in a strange land. versification. It may, however, be us thus far, and have heard of nos' observed that they are turned with thing but starry nights, ruddy a kind of ingenuity and cleverness clouds, clear heavens, sun, moon, which hardly belong to effusions of and stars, must begin to think deep and strong feeling. There there is some truth in Juvenal's old is, indeed, nothing affected or un- accusation, that “the Jews have : natural in comparing a single star no objects of worship but the to remembered joy, had the resem. clouds and the divinity of the visiblance been just touched and no ble firmament*.” It should be menmore: it would then have been de- tioned, therefore, that the examples lightful; but, when dilated and we have given have been selected dwelt upon and pursued into par- from different parts of the collecticulars, it does itself become what tion, and that they are interspersed it describes-“ distinct, but dis- with others, which, if not strictly tant-clear, but, oh how cold!" sacred, at least approach to that
we, in this western world, popularNext to this, we might not im- ly entertain about Judæan scenery, properly introduce a similar melody, are sufficiently peculiar and distincentiiled, “I saw thee weep;" in tive. We think of vines, and olives, which the eyes of the person ad- and cedars, of the camel and the dressed are compared to a violet, antelope, -of streams bordered by and her smiles, first to a sapphire, date-trees, plains covered with aņd then to the setting sun, which tulips and roses, and hills rich with tinges even the darkest clouds pasturage or fragrant with aromatic around it with a glow of cheerful shrubs. These ideas the descrip-' ness. But we must not be too pro- tive poet should satisfy, or should fuse of quotation; and, therefore, correct. But, in the lines before shall rather submit to the reader us, no such local features occur ; another piece which we consider nor is there any thing to mark the as a happier specimen of the au. distinction which may be supposed thor's manner:
between the richness and luxurious
Jassitude of a Syrian sunset, and the * It is the hour when from the boughs
more sober, more refined, more The nightingale's high note is heard; It is thre hour when lovers' vows
contemplative character of our own Seem sweet in every whispered word; erg
ord. evening landscapes. And gentle winds and waters near
The following couplets are not Make music to the lonely ear.
open to the same criticism, or are' Each flower the dews have lightly wet, open to it but slightly; for the And in the sky the stars are met; piece is extremely short, and turns And on the wave is deeper blue, on a single thought:And on the leaf a browner hue ; And in the Heaven that clear obscure,
“ Sun of the sleepless! melancholy star! So softly dark, and darkly pure,
Whose tearful beam glows tremulously That follows the decline of day As twilight melts beneath the moon That show'st the darkness thou canst not away.” p. 23.
How like art thou to joy remembered This is soft and harmonions ;
well! but it is an European, not á He- So gleams the past, the light of other brew melody. In such of these days, poems as are descriptive, we pre Which shines, but warns not with its sume it will not be denied that the powerless rays; scene, unless where it is avowedly A night-beam Sorrow watcheth to be. laid in some country of exile or of
Distinct, but distant-clear-but, ob temporary residence, should be laid
how cold !" p. 37. in the Holy Land itself. But the scene of this poem, if any where, These lines will, we make nok is laid in Eugland. The nightin- doubt, be extreinely admired ; and gale, for example is introduced ; they certainly display fancy, comand; though the pightingale is said mand of expression, and ease of
It may seem a slight objection, character more nearly. " The prebut we will take the opportunity of sent state of the Jewish people, protesting against the unnecessary expatriated - dispersed – trodden multiplication of such hard words down-contemned,-afforded the as night-beam. Formerly, our noble author a very fine subject; poets were fond of yoking together and that be has not neglected to a noun and a participle; as, saf- avail himself of it, will appear from fron-cinctured, tempest-footed, lion- the following lines:hearted, death-devoted, love-lighted, and many others; combinations, “Oh! weep for those that wept by sometimes necessary,sometimes very
Babel's stream, expressive, sometimes at least toler. Whose shrines are desolate, whose land able, more often as gratuitous as
a dream; they were harsh and disagreeable. We
Weep for the harp of Judah's broken
shell; But what are these to right-cloud, Mourn--where their God hath dwelt the death-shot, death-shade, death-an godless dwell! gel, death-scene, boscm-scene, fire." And where shall Israel lave her bleed shower,battle-shower, glory-wreath,
ing seet? '
e m . Dit forget to poison-mouth, sorcery-secret, and And when shall Zion's songs again seem the rest of that variety of curious
sweet? manufactures which the present And Judah's melody once more rejoice day bas poured forth? The com- The hearts that leap'd before its heapound epithets of the old school. venly voice?" .. were distressing enough; but they “ Tribes of the wandering foot and: are simplicity and harmony itself, weary breast, when compared with the combina- How shall ye flee away and be at rest! tion substantives (if we may name The wild-dove hath her nest, the fox his them after their own style) of the
cave, per pew. It needs the strongest com: Mankind their country-Israel but the pensating advantages to justify the
wil grave!” p. 11. 1. tapod O. Its use of forms of speech so strange Surely these are lines every way and uncouth. The Hebrew tongue, worthy of the writer. indeed, has a method of joining to
ful of nature and feeling. The gether nouns in regimine, as it is only remark we shall veuture on called; but we deprecate the ex- them in the way of censure, is one tension of such a regimen to Eng, which must strike every reader;Ta lish, even when employed on He- they rather ungracefully confound brew melodies.
Debe the Such of our readers as expected
the present state of the Jews with
" to find this a collection of sucred*** *Nil
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Nil præter nubes et cæli numer poems, and who have accompanied adorant..