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of arrangement, a moral end and a Millon, a Spenser, a Tasso, a
But we are conscious, in making Pindar; or of Callimachus; or of
universal frame so wondrous fair,
would forsake these boundless fields apply itself to every want and every of light, to wander along the barren feeling of the mind of man. We strand of atheistical research, with find in it at one time that which is none but the wretched Lucretius for of force to direct our judgment, at his guite? Who would forsake the' another to reform our taste, then to Deity of the Universe for that deity guide our conduct, then to heal our. of the Roman, the base philosophy corruptions, and then to sooth our of Epicurus?
sorrows. We find in it a rest for
the foot of the farthest wanderer Forsaking Thee, what shipwreck have we
from happiness, an ark for the dove made Of honour, dignity, and fair renown!
who has the longest fluttered in
despair orer the waves of this trou.! In all our remarks on this inte. blesome world. We find in it that resting subject, we feel ourselves which responds to the deepest and elevated by remembering that we the darkest tones that ever vibrated are Christians: and that, as such, from the human heart. We have we possess, in our own religion, a found in it that which answers to source of the sublime and The beau- the feelings of our own. Perhaps tiful infinitely beyond all others, we are on this account unfair, be. and such as Truth alone can offer. cause interested, witnesses. Those We pity that man, even were pre- who have not joined issue in the sent feelings only to be consulted, trial perhaps mistrust us; and the that cannot lay his band upon his poet especially, though credulous heart, and with the same constancy, in fiction, is more than ordinarily the same honest exultation as that suspicious of the cold gloominess of Roman Soldier going to execution truth. Testimony, then, we must for his profession, declare, “ I am a again adduce; and as we have seen Christian." And where is the foun- the testimony of foes, we will now dation of the Christian's hope, wbere adduce that of a friend; a friend, is the depositary of his treasure, the however, to which even a poet shall rich and inexhaustible fountain of not object--the unrivalled Milton. his pleasures and sublimest emotions “ His favourite book was the book of to be found: We answer in one God. To Milton, when a child, word--in the pages of his Bible. Revelation opened not her richest We must not be deterred by the stores in vain. To devotional suba smile of superficial ignorance, the jects his infant strains were dedionly class, even of foes, who “ see caled, and never did his barp forno beauty" in that Sacred Vo- ger’ to acknowledge the aids which lume, from giving an opinion of its he derived from the muse of Sacred contents. " Our Rock is not as Inspiration." Such is the noble testheir rock, even our enemies them. timony borne to Milion as a Chrisa selves being judges." We could tian poet, by his learned and accuforce into our service the testimony rate editor, Mr. Todd : and the ele. of the heathen Longinus, and even of gance with which it is given, is only the impious Voltaire. But we reject surpassed by that of a similar testisuch a questionable appeal. Our mony given by the poet himself to appeal takes a deeper stretch, to the his own feelings on the subject, in hidden sources of human intelli the famous passage occurring in his gence, and to the firm, indestructi. “ Reason of Church Government." ble, and unalterable properties of He there looks forward with a sort of our common nature, as exemplified prophetic inspiration to those places in daily experience; and there we of • hardest hope and highest atestablish our proof of the exquisite tempting with which his mighty and inestimable value of the Book mind was then teeming. After enuof Inspiration. We see in it, that' merating all the grandest models of which is calculated by turns to antiquity, he proceeds : " But those
frequent songs throughont the Law to add the feeble alliance of our comand Prophets, beyond all these, not ment to this sublime effusion of the in their divine argument alone, but prince of poets. What' a 'contrast in the very crilical art of composi-, this to those strains which “flow at tion, may be easily made appear, waste from the pen of some vulgar over all the kinds of lyric poesy, 1o. amorist, or the trencher fury of a be incomparable. These abilities, rhyming parasite!” With what a wheresoever they be found, are the charm does this“ divine philosophy" inspired gifi of God, rarely bestow.. burst upon the mind, after the lowed; but yet to some (though most born minstrelsy too frequent in these abuse) in every nation, and are of degenerate days! How" musical, as power, besides the office of a pul. is Apollo's lute," and lovely, as a pit, lo inbreed and cherish in a seraph's face, after the “ harsh and great people, the seeds of virtue and crabbed" exhibitions of our modern: public civility ; to allay the pertur. modish masters ! We reveri, with bations of the mind, and set the af. ineffable delight and all the feelings fections in a right tune ; to celebrate of youthful enthusiasm, to the moin glorious and lofty hymus, the ral Lycidases, Comuses, Sampsons, throne and equipage of God's Al-, of elder times; and we find a refuge mightiness, and what he works, and in the yet-unrified stores of more what he suffer's to be wrought with than one Christian poet of the past high providence in his church ; lo age, glorying in his religion, from sing victorious agonies of martyrs the shallow morals, unsettled faith, and saints, the deeds and triumphs and unholy inspiration of the preof just and pious nations doing va sent race.
We speak with every Jiantly, through faith, against the desire to make all fair exceptions. enemies of Christ; to deplore the ge. Were we to mention one exception neral relapses of kingdoms and states in particular, as giving some rising from justice and God's true worship. promise of the “mens divinior" in Lastly, whatsoever in religion is holy future, and, we trust, meditated and sublime, in virtue amiable or lays, our readers, perbaps, will angrave; whatsoever hath passion or ticipate an allusion to the name of admiration in all the changes of that Southey. But till a brighter dawa which is called fortune from with- shall diffuse itself over our vet darkout, or the wily subtleties and ened sky; till the Sun of righteous. fluxes of man's thoughts from with- ness shall arise with a more unquesin;-all these things lo paint out tioned influence and more“ “healing and describe, teaching over the ray," in our poetical hemisphere; whole book of sanctity and virtue, in plainer words, till Christians through all the instances of exam shall begin to talk as Christians; or, ple, with such deligbi, to those es at least, “ tell us plainly whether pecially of soft and delicious tem- they believe in Christ or no;" we per, who will not look so much upon feel a duty incumbent upon us to Truth herself except they see ber retire and invite as many of our elegantly dressed : ibat whereas the readers as will retire with us, to a paths of honesty and good life ap- more favoured clime and happier pear now 'rugged and difficult, poetical soil. Whilst to Christians though they be indeed easy and pleasant, they will then appear to the surly genius of his own mind, they
if they owed their birth, in a degree, also to all men both easy and pleasant, afford, at least, Ibis additional instruction to though ihey were rugged and diffi- the poet, that no temperament of mind, cult indeed*.” Why should we wish however baughty or untamed, need be
* We by no means send our young suffered to interfere with the business of the poets to Milton's prose works on Church, muse, or will tinge with gall the pen of a Government. His mischievous lectures of a true poet, when be takes it up for the political nature belonged to the times; and, improvement and refreshment of mankind.
the fortunate isles” of divine poesy ver the models of Scripture to he have more than any imaginary ex most dear ;-if, with the poet of Paistence, we must warn them that radise, we should find him rumilife is too short to be spent in visit- nating over some Divine song: ing rude and barbarous shores, in “choosing long and beginning late, search of accidental beauties and drawing deep from the stores of Dithose “strange plants” which are vine learning, having no end before always barren and often poisonous, him “ but the service of God and We feel a salisfaction, we trust of truth, and perhaps that lastiog fame no parrow or selfish kind, in contem- and perpecoity of praise which God plating the ground still left to us and good men have consented shall when every thing not moral in its be the reward of those whose pubtendency, not calculated to improve lished labours advance the good of the manners, exalt the mind, and mankind*;"_bow should we then purify the heart, shall have been rejoice to meet our renovated friend! marked off from the range of our With what unmixed satisfaction more retired hours. And if in those should we present him to our readmore select, those more sacred and ers, not, as now, a negative, but a elevated plains, the “locos lætos et positive, example and instructor in amæga vireta,” where breathes a good! We should go rejoicing with parer air, and shines a brighter a more than usual lightness on our beam, it should even be our happi- way, illuminated by the rays, and ness to meet with the poble author directed by the judgment, of our whose works we have been canvass- doubly noble poet. We should view ing, we assure him, with no on. him as some winged intelligence, friendly feeling;- if we should find moulting his feathers and “ renew. him, with a sympathetic genius, the ing his mighty youth;” we should melancholy Collins, bearing the sa bail him as a phenix of these later cred treasure, the records of Eternal days, rising from the ruins of a Truth near to his heart, and a wisely 100 hasty and ill-directed imaginadeeming the book of God the best;" tion, and with his eye fixed right if we should find bim framed anew onward on the Fountain of ethereal upon the first of models, and se light, soaring to those regions, where, dately emulating those brightest with kindredspirits, hewould at length mortal examples to whom, in com be lost in visions of eternal day, mon with himself, he would disco.
* Milton's Areopagitica.
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