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And hell expands, upon th’ eventful hour, At length, surmounting every darker cloud, Immeasureable jaws, insaliate, to devour. Its beany lustre fills th' expanding skies, Silence sits, sad, in Salem's faded bowers,

And all-submissive, low, in lamb-like mood, For Royal Judah's Lion voice has ceas'd;

Beneath its' blaze the Dragon prostrate And liqary Rain hovers o'er the towers

lies-Which God's peculiar presence long hath

And songs of highest gratulation rise grae'd.

But wassal routs are found the Altar seen Sharon in bloom, and Carmel o'er the

The flatterer's trade tlie worthless Bishop waste;

plies Afar, effuse their lovely smiles in vain ;

With filthy hands, and heavy lips, unclean, The throne of David, cruelly debas'd,

How greedily he quatfs loose Pleasure's cup Groans, deep, beneath a tributary train,

obscene. And God's own altar shrinks from scribes We omit the stanzas which speak and priests profane.

of the Romish persecutions, the CroWhen, from the desert, rises on the ear, sades, and the French Revolution, &c. The voice prophetic, “ Haste! prepare In the close, he thus apostrophises

Britain. God whom ye seek shall suddenly appear, And wide o'er earth bis saving power On thee the Cross its softening beam bath

display." And lo! his glory vaild in feeble clay,

Its precious spirit largely thou hast dronk All unobtrusive, midst the busy thrung,

Hence, by thy light the nations have been led, Messiah comes--But every beamy ray

When deep in darkress and in bondage

sunk. Excites aversion-Love than death more

Hence Tyranny's outstretched arm hath strong Reaps only rude reproach, and violence, and Unnerv'd, beneath the lightning of thine eye.

shrunk, wrong.

And sordid, selfish Cruelty, hath slunk Why lower the heavens? why shakes the To cavern'd shades, there, lone, to wake the solid earth,

sigh, As overwhelm'd in wrath's etemal gloom? Where Dragons and where Owls in savage Twas the strong pang of Nature's second

concert cry. birth!

How glorious to behold thy banners fly There Death with sin receiv'd his final

Amid the tempest of devouring war! doon.

To see thy ardent spirit, burning light, The hills, the vales, a lovelier smile

Drive o'er Iberian fields in flaming car! The strains of love with higher accents rise— O'er emerald Isles that gen yon vasty sea,

But still more glorious ! tlou enkindlest far, Blushes the rose imprest with deeper

The song to Him, the bright, the morning bloom-

Star, More sweet th' expanding lily greets the Who gave his life upon th' accnrsed tree! skies

That earth's remotest ends, Salvatiou's bearg As blazing far, the Cross, the sacred symbol

might see! flies.

From utmost Isles, counting their crowns Rapid as thought the blissful influence

but dross, glides,

Already Kings with reverence deep adore From land to land, and far, from isle to

And in amazement, bending to the Cross, isle,

Princes approach from Lena's farthest The trembling agony of Doubt subsides,

shore, And Fear's blank cheek is lightend with a smile.

* We forgive Mr. Struthers for this harsh And shrines are shrunk, and temples imputation on the episcopal body, in consi. shake-the while,

deration of the unavoidable prejudices of a A far, is heard, with aggravated roar,

Scottish education. These prejudices extend Power's Dragon voice-But force or fraud so far, especially among the lower classes, ful guile,

that all actual, and even imaginable, evil is From earth deriy'd, or hell's more fruitfu! usually ascribed to the Bishops' malign infu store,

ence. Even if the dairy-maid fails in the But whets the martyr's zeal--but spreads process of making butter, it is because the the frame the naere.

Bishop's band was in the churn.


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And where the Polar waves, in rude uproar, which it would be easy to correct. Still shiver under Winter's frozen wing, We find also, in some of his poems, Th’inhospitable rocks of Labrador

a superabundance of epithets, which Prolong the notes, while ibe glad natives sing

serve no other purpose than to eke Their Halleluias, bigh, to glory's matchless

out the line, and enfeeble the sense, King. Hurld from their thrones, the Demon Gods the voluines before us, we can assure

But, notwithstanding their defects, of lod, Their rites obscene no longer can require– much gratification even to the mere

our readers, are capable of affording No longer, self-devoted, pilgrims blind, , Beneath Shubudru's horrid wheels expire.

lovers of poetry, but far more lo Nor longer, burning with inhallow'd fire,

those who are desirous that their Destructive war the maddend nations wage lighter reading shall issue not only

Benevolence, alone, awakes llic lyre in amusement, but in edification. Ambition, Haired, Pride, no longer rage, The pieces of greatest length are, But universal love men's hearts and bands the "Poor Man's Sabbath," and engage.

« The Peasant's Death,” each occuBut who can tell the stars that burn on high? pying about forty pages. They are

The drops of eve, the glories of the morn? written in the same Spenserian nieaThe sands that heap'd on Ocean's borders sure with " the Cross," and possess Jye

the same attributes of pious feeling Or flowers in Spring's resplendent mantle and just conception, clothed in pleas

worn ? He on the wings of holy transport borne

ing and generally harmonious verse. May venture on the opening scene divine;


the latter of these poems, there is I, lest my artless lives awuken scurn,

much of genuine pathos ; and if we The task, howe'er deligh:ful, must decline,

had not already extracted so largely, And 'thee, celestial Harp, to other hands and were not desirous to reserve resign.”

space to notice some of the smaller Vol.ii. pp. 147—160. pieces, we should have gladly tranWe do not mean to deny, that in scribed a part of it. Among those these lines, and indeed throughout pieces, that " on the Abolition of the whole of these volumes, there

The Slave Trade” deserves at the occur many poetical delinquencies, present moment, on account of its on which it would not be dilticult to subject, to hold a distinguished place, enlarge ; but still it will be allowed, although we do not think that, in that while they exhibit an admirable point of poetical merit, it is supe

rior to others tone of moral feeling, both the lan

that might be guage and the versification hold a named. rank above mediocrity. One of the most obvious defects of our poet is

"O for an Angel's voice to swell the theme, his love of alliteration. Take a few

That distant worlds might bend the listeus

ing ear! examples, in addition to those which

A Seraph's lyre to wake Devotion's fame, the preceding lines furnish.

And warm to Heaven the grateful incense " Heaved huge the hills, spread smooth the bear! valleys fair."

Scatters the cloud at last, in darkness “ Despair's dark tear dimn glistens in his eye." drear, *Grim godless ghosts, grey mists, and melcors That wrapt the destinies of half the world, green."

Niercy descending dries the bloody tear, " Back from the gloom she shrinking shuts The flag of Truth is broad to Heaven unfurid, the door."

And from his murky throne th' oppressos “ Still sinking sad he sees his spouse forlorn."

grim is hurl'd. “ Still rendering more restless the tossings of anguista,

Man, deinonised, no more at will shall shake Or Leigbtening the horrors of horrid de Bainbarra's woods, or Niger's reedy shores; spair." &c. &c.

Nor shall the Gambia's weeping Genius quake

Beneath the dashing of the white man's This is an offence against good taste, ours,


For Jastice arm'd, with eagle eye explores While, deep, in dark dupondance e. The tracts where licenc'd murder osd to roam, Beneath tho denplaling blast,

The fervid soil redundant plenty pours They mourn the scene deform Science already plans the peaceful home,

Thou art, amidst the gloomy sight, Where mild affection's flow'rs for ages rich Seen, far, a lovely star of light, may bloom.

Bright bearing thro' the stom. What tho' the seed, an handful in the earth, Auspicious is the honour'd statę; Lorely afar by feeble hands be sown,

Thy privilege, thy duty great Like trees of Lebanon it shall spring forth,

To both direct thine eye And prosperous fruit the holy act shall Behold! in supplicating mood,

Brarna's grim follower, smeard with blood, On yonder cliffs, where huge, with sullen

Low at thy footstool lies. frown

Be thine, with Truth's prevailing beams, The tenipest shook the daring Gama's breast,

To dissipate his dismal dreams,
A lille cloud of heavenly dew seat down,

And light him to the skies.
Begins with balmy influence to rest, Poor Afric, too, at bogom sick,
And cheer'd, for many a mile, smiles gay th' The tear, dark, buming on her cheek,
expectant waste.

Looks up with heart too full to speak.

She claims not, bold, amidst the breeze, Barca's dry sands, and thirsty Zaara drear, of Bethle'm's stream shall drink; the Nor with reproaches, weak and vain,

With thee the empire of the seas, soothing sound

Would brand thee for her children slaio, The mountains of the Moon shall stoop 10

Or chain'd behind the wavehear, And Allas smile, with leafy verdure She kindly would consign the past

Since just thou hast become at last, crownd.

To dark Oblivion's grave. Then, Wilberforce! thy name shall fair But she would ask, why on her shore, be found,

Yet sounds the base Manstealer's oar? Embalmi'd with Prophets and A postles old,

Why thou art slack, the balm of peace While grateful Africa, the world around,

Into her festering wounds to poor? The sacred flag of Ereedom shall unfold,

To bid the midnight prowler cease, Where, high, Britannia's name emblazon'd,

Nor scare her peaceful slambers more? flames in gold." Vol. i. p. 133. From Bethlem's spring, too, one small sip But Mr. Struthers has not con Would cool ber parch'd and quivering lip, fined his versification to the Spen. Would wing her soul with new desires serian measure, but shews himself And warm ber breast with nobler fires. capable of wielding at will all the Then might the songs of Zion cheer varieties of metre which are usually Her lonely hills, ber vallies drear, employed in English poetry. We Make her wild wastes, where monstera foul will select a few examples; and, first, With carnage clotted nightly bowl, the following eulogy on Great Bri- To clap their hands, and, rapt'rous sing, tain; which, though it has the disad. Hosaudabs bigha to Salem's King.

Vol. i. pp. 79—82. vantage of being a trile and hackneyed subject, will nevertheless be The description of an evening read with pleasure.

scene in a Scoich cottage will please High-favuurd Isle ! although, in arnis,

those who can appreciate its accpA hostile world around theè swarms, racy. We can only give a part of From the wild Oby's frozen shore,

it, and that the lighter part.
To where thro' awful solitudes,
Embosom'd deep in bouudless woods, With fuel, high, the hearth is heap'd,
Columbian rivers roar.

And streains the strong reflected blaze. Yet, unappal'd, and much at ease,

From servers, broad, on shelf still kept Thoa sit'st upon thy subject seas,

Relics of love and youthful days. Ordain'd, for nations in distress,

Along the hearthstone, bending, low, A soothing minister of grace.

Beneath the chimney's ruddy glow, And though, alas ! both far and wide, Careless, of either thieves or storm, O'erspread with idleness and pride, Tray stretches out his hairy form; Yet, still, for thee, the good and wise, And on his back, with lofty grace, Of every land, implore the skies, . First stroaking down her tabby face,



O Peace ! heavenly Peace! Then sheathing..soft, her liarps, claws,,

: We invoke thy relurning, And licking smooth her gory jars,

To silence the tumult,
With tail laid up, and half ebut eges,

The clamour of mourning;
Mix'd with the spinning-wheel's deep hum,
At ease, her sleep-provoking thrum, Tu light up, where sorrow

Has darkly bern sıreaming,
Grimalkin croodling plies.

The bright stars of Rapture, Around the ring, in copious stream,

And Ilupe, gaily, gleaming. Vol.i. p. 167. The tide of conversation flows, Now laughter gilds the lively theme,

We do not think that our author's Now grief a melancholy gleam

attempts at hyinn-writing have Upon the subject throws.

been attended with success. In Far in the varied strain,

deed, we have long observed, that The note is pitch'd from grave to gay,

excellence seems more difficult of And, scarcely shifted, melts away,

attainment in this department of From gay to grave agaiu.

poetry than in most others.-Meanwhile the children, warm, explore

This we say, not to discourage its The exploits of giant-killing Jack,

cultivation, but rather to incite our Or, wondering, trace from door to door,

best writers to exert their talents in John Cheap the Chapman willi his pack. Or, of the sad sack-weaver, Slack,

redeeming it from the discredit into With twelve misfortunes on his back,

which it has been permitted to fall. Waking broad humour's deepest tones,

Perhaps the worst specimens of They mark the strangely serious moans,

versification which the English lanOr, while their bosoms gleeful swell, guage affords, are to be found in Buchanan's witty pranks they tell

various collections of Psalms Or, far, amidst ihe merry green wood, and Hymas. Many of the pieces They list the bugle's tone,

are mere doggrel; many are grossly The signal, good, of bold Robin Hood, defective both in sense and gramAnd fearless little John." Vol. ii. p. 108.

mar; a still greater number are The two following quotations are offensive to sound taste, as well as to given chiefly with a view to exem Christian sobriety; and a very small plify the author's skill in different proportion indeed is entitled to the kinds of versification.

praise of good poetry. Surely this “ But whence that mingled shout I hear,

reproach might be gradually wiped Tumultuous on the groaning blast? away, if such of our collectors as can Alas! 'tis Victory, purchased dear,

discriminate between good poerry Thy bravest child, O Scotia! lost. and bad would rigidly exclude froni O rouse thee, Caledonia, rouse !

their collections all that was bald Thy Sister's red rose waxes pale, and disjointed in style, or low and And, rude, unfeeling Folly strews

vulgar and canting in sentiment, Its leaves upon the passing gale.

A juster taste would thus be formed The sad tear damps our festive hours, in the religious world; and persons

The note moves languid, solemn, slow, of real talents would be encouraged While o'er thee, thus, the tempest lowers, 10 turn their thoughts to the im..

While thus thou drink'st the cup of woe. provement of our sacred poesy, For him, our tears are scarcely dry,

But we must now take our leave, Who, victor, fell on Afric's shore,

of Mr. Siruthers, with recommend. When call'd again to pour the sigh, O'er thee, the lov'd, the gallant Moore." of our readers ;, and with suggesting

ing him to the notice and patronage

Vol. i. p. 149. " Accursed Ambition !

to himself, what we trust bis own Our moments of gladness

heart has often suggested to him Are darken'd by thee

before, that the perils to spiritual With the pale shade of sadness;

health arising from the sunshine of: Affection and Fancy,

public favour are far more to be To soothe cease their striving,

dreaded and deprecatel, than any While, wild on the wind,

which are attendant on povesty aud. Thus thy fire shower is driving. disappointment. Christ. Oesers. No. 152.



&c. &c.


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