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Climb'd the sharp precipice's steepest breast, Wisely their scatter'd knowledge de com To seize the eagle brooding on her nest;
bined; And rent bis way through matted woode, to Yet had an hundred years matured his mind,
Ere with the strength that laid the forest lor, The skulking panther from his bidden lair." And skill that made the iron furnace glow,
p. 131. His genius launch'd the keel and sway'd the
helm, Afterwards his ambition is turned (His throne and sceptre on the watry realm), to higher pursuits, and he becomes He eyed the heavens, and fiew before the
Wbile from the tent of his expanded sail the inventor of navigation. There is much animation, and even gran. The first of men whose courage knew to
gale, deur, in the style of the following
guide extract, although we do not think the bounding vessel through the refivent tide, there is much ibat is striking in ihe Then sware the giant, in his pride of soul
, conception of the character and To range the universe fron pole to pole; exploits which it describes:
Rule ihe remotest nations with his ned,
To live a hero, and to die a god." w Yet 'twas the stripling's chief delight to
brave The river's wrath, and wrestle with the wave;
The next canto introduces us 10 When torrent rains bad swola the furious this monarch in person, seated in tide,
triumph on the summit of a mounHigh on the roaming surge be lov'd to ride ; lain in Eden, surrounded by bis When calm and clear the stream was wont chiefs. The invaded land is now 10 Aow,
supposed to be finally subdued. Fearless he dived to search the caves below. The last battle bas just been fought His childhood's story, often told, had wrought belween the giant host and the rem. Sublimest hopes in his aspiring thought.
nant of the inhabitants of Eden ; Once on a cedar, from its mountain throne, Pluckt by the tempest, forth he sail'd aluse, and the whole of the latter having And reachd the gulpks-with eye of
been either taken captive op exter
minated in this unequal combat, the And flushing cheek, he watch'd the shores conqueror sees himself at last the retire,
undisputed master of the subjugated Filt sky and water wide around were spread. universe. This ultimate struggle Straight to the sun tie thought his voy. for the freedom of the world do
served a niore important place in With shouts of transport baiļd its setting this poem than our author, bas And followed all the long and lonely night; even form part of the main natra:
chosen to assign to it. It does not But ere the morning-star expired, he found Ilis stranded bark once more on eartlily tive; it is merely introduced as the ground.
subject of a triumphali songs and is Tears, wrung from secret shame, suffús'd recounted in general terms, without
any of those exhibitions of india When in the East he saw the sun arise ; vidual prowess and personal conflict Pride quickly check'd themu-young'ambio which constitute the chief interest o tion burn'd
of a bațile piece. Yet this descrip For bolder enterprize, as he return'da
tion, imperfect as it is, is the only Through snares and deaths pursuing fame
one of the same class to be found and powery1 fle scorn'd his flock from that adventurous on the invasion of a wårlike landı
3 in the whole works, though Swaded hour, And leagued with monsters of congeniat by mighty armies. Of all the nude birth,
pleasant circumstances which usually Began to scourge and subjugate the earth.
attend a transaction of this kiod, Meanwhile the song of Cain, wbo tilld the the reader is allowed 10 know. 104 di soil,131731, 0.5
223 thing more than is absolutely new By dobló arts had ledtad to lighteo toi: s cessary, and every incident of a siz 751'e ! GIVV zitp.:1,
I had a his
964: his eyes,
w Go Assur1814.) Review of Montgomery's World before the Flood. 663 barbarous and blood-tbirsty nature is enraged, orders him to be immediate carefully kept from his ear. Now we ly dragged to the flames. The can easily believe such a peculiarity youth undauntedly stands forth, to proceed from a Christian and be and, after confessing his sin in have nevolent aversion to the ordinary ing apostatised from the truth, dethemes of heroic song- to "the clares himself to be ready to meet plomed troops and the big war, that bis fate--at the same make ambition virtue,"--and we ing the tyrant,
That the of the should shudder at the idea of making patriarchs would certainly deliver a spirit like this the subject of blame. them from his hands. At this crisis, If influenced by so correct a taste, Zillah, affected by his faith and couthe author had kept far from the rage, exclaims, that he shall not die tumalts of courts and camps, and alone,andwildly proclaims the ferrour confined his scene to some sylvan of that attachment to him which and peaceful region, we should have she had hitherto confined to her own thought his plan in this respect un breast. A passionate scene ensues exceptionable. But this be has not between the lovers, which might not done. The story, as far as the be unpleasing in its effect, did it not piece can be said to possess one, is recal too forcibly, the remembrance of martial texture, and the niost of the Olindo and Sophroniaorlof ambitious and successful of warriors, Tasso. is, if not its hero, at least one of The lovers are interrupted by a its principal personages. This per- personage who appears not to have sonage too, 'is depicted with the had much complaisance for tender highest strength of colouring which feelings : the author is able to command, and “Away with folly, in tremendous tone, s no pains'are spared to give the due Exclain' a voice more liorrid thau, the share of characteristic interest to a groan being whose pride is,
of famish'd riger leaping on his prey. *" To rule remotest nations with his nod,
Crouch'd at the monarchi's feet the speaker To live a bero, and to die a god."
But starting op, in his ferocious mien, If Mr. Montgomery will present That monarch's ancient foster-sire was seen bis readers with a giant and a hero, The goatherd-he who snatchid him fruid and will sing of an'invasion, it seems
the flood, to us, that in consistency he ought to the sorcerer, who nursed him up to blood." have noobjection to describe a batile; and abat he cannot be allowed, on the This sorcerer' is suddenly seized ground of a peaceable disposition, to with dreadful convulsions: and at withdraw bimself from the scenes in length, agitated by demoniacal inspiwhich giants, heroes, and invaders, ration, he pours forth a blasphemous appear to most advantage.
address to the giant king; in the To proceed with our story--The course of which, be assures the mos monarch, in the triumph of his soul, nareh, that the sun is his fatherand
conceives the impious enterprise of the moon his mother, and exhorts scaling the neighbouring mount of him to chase 'the angels from the Paradise, and wresting it from the mount of Paradise, and to raise apon possession of Michael and the Sera- it a lower, from whence he may phim. While he nieditates this exs hold communion with his brethren, ploit, the captive patriarchal band the stars, By way of preparation arrive, and are brought before him for this hopeful project, he proceeds He instantly resolves 10 sacrifice to advise, that the patriarchs be them to his idols, in order to propi-mediately burned alive, and dares riate the infernal powers in favour the Almighty to interfere.. if he of fiis new project is At this moment, can in their behalf ! Al that awful Javan meets his eye, and the giant, name, his voice is suddenly repress
ed; bis nerves 'are- 'frozen ; and he in which their king bad bail'd hợs reala čom
plete, stands torpid and motionless, "alive to suffering, but alive in stone.". The world's last province bow'd beneath his
feet." From this expression, we were in
In the simile that follows these great hopes that he was actually lines, we think, that ibere is real and were much disappointed at the sublimity. It exhibits, too, an ob. consparatively mild punishment in ject of comparison finely analogous
to the era and title of the poem.
forDieted on him. Enoch steps
" As when the waters of the food declined, ward, and pronounces as his doom, that he shall wander "a drivellingThe proud waves shrunk from low to lower
Rolling tumultuously before she wind, idiot from house to house, and never
beds, find an home.” The sorcerer him. And higb the hills, and higher, raised their self seems to have expected some
heads, thing worse, and, idiot as he is, bas Till Ocean lay, enchased with rock and the wisdom to make off as fast as
As in the hollow of the Almighty's hand, possible.
While Earth with wrecks magnificent Mas • The wizard heard his sentence; nor re
And stilness reigu’d o'er Nature's solitude: A moment longer; from his trance up
-Thusin a storn of horror and dismay, chain'd,
All night the giant army sped away; He plunged into the woods;---the prophet Thias on a lonely, sad, and silent scene, ituen,
The morning rose in majesty ‘serenc." Turu'd, and took up his parable again,”.
pp. 216, 916 PP 200, 201, ;
This is a passage of peculiar exEnoch proceeds" to prophecy. The cellence, and serves to prove the approaching fall of the giant king, occasional extent of Mr. Montgoand the subsequent destruction of ali mery's powers, and at the same
time, we must admit, to mark by his subjects by the deluge., giant chiefs, exasperated, rush upon contrast, the deficiencies of many the prophet; the monarch himself, parts of bis performance. thies ar him with drawn sword, and misses Javan to the delights of
The conclusion of the piece, disaims a fruitless blow. The intended victim is no longer to be seen; the scattered tribes of Eden, to the
;" friendship, home ,and love;" and * he walkd with God, and was not found.” His mantle falls on Javan, enjoyment of liberty and peace. -; who immediately, endued with mi
Such is the story wbich Mr.
Montgomery has chosen as the raculous power, leads away the band of the faithful in safety, from among
of ten cantos, and nearly tour thousand lines. The
Its tbe ranks of their enemies.
defects giants now prepare
are too obvious to require Tale enterprise of storming Paradise;
attention cannot be long detained in but they are themselves first assailed by a dreadful storm and earthquake; dents are so few and so slightly in
favour of a tale, in which tbe inciwbicb paralize their troops, and
terwoven with each other; in which which are succeeded by an incur. sion of embauled cherubim. The the action and the catastrophe are
so feebly connected; the episodes, giants instantly fly in consterna
, or digressions, so numerous
and so tion, and their monarch is himself the foremost of the van. He dies long. The personages are almost in the tumult, being treacherously duct in the piece is concerned,
and as far as their conslain by some unknown band; and
seem gifted to little purpose with his chieftains pursue their flight to
all their extraordinary qualities. their own countries;
The giant king, employs his superW with lúe alune escaping from that was human strength, talents, and dimen
basis of a poem
sions, in reducing, with a countless or a highly finished workmanship host that has overruo the world, lo the absence, however, of both and that is commanded by gigantic these' qualities, the genius of the chiefs, a small tract of country, de author may, in a great measure he fended by men of ordinary size; vindicated by the frequent display and even this service he does not of extraordinary power in detached appear to bave performed, for the parts of the work. Now, that the most part, in person. The goatherd is present production exhibits very endowed with magic arts, and many numerous instances of pleasing and other inconceivable attributes, to no elegant poetry, we most readily adend, as it would appear, but to make mit; but we think it defective in a blasphemous speech. Even Enoch, strength and originality of concepthough a character of high dignity, tion. Its beauties often reside in a and divinely inspired, cannot be turn of expression superior to the ranked as an agent in ibe poem, un- thought or image conveyed ; and less his annunciation of the wizard's we, also, detect frequently a toodoom, entitle him to be so consider- servile imitation of the great masters ed ; and as for Javan, his wondrous of the art, varied sometimes by an skill in music, which perhaps, after adoption of those obvious ideas which all, forms his prominent characte. cannot be said to be borrowed, be. ristic, achieves absolutely nothing. cause, by long-continued use, they He makes love excessively ill, and have passed into public property. his principal exploits are, his deser. It would have been easy, had our tion from the army in the outset of limits allowed of it, to have swelled the poem, and his escaping from it this review by numerous illustrations in the conclusion.
of the justice of these remarks. If we pass from the subject and With these impressions of Mr. plan of the work, to consider the M.'s general style of composition, style of the composition; we find, in we are nevertheless of opinion, that the first place, itsat it is chargeable parts of this performance display with a large proportion of flat and merit of a very solid description, and prosaic passages. No doubt, in a are equally excellent in the natter narrative poem of considerable and the manner. In that class of length, a certain adrnixture of poetry, indeed, the main strength of these is fairly admissible. From which depends on the thought and the time of Homer, downwards, the sentiment, he rery uniformly maincritics have felt themselves obliged tains the tone of the preceding speto wink at the occasional slumbers cimens; but, in the descriptive vein, of the epic poet. But this is an in- be sometimes exhibits incomparably dulgence to be rarely claimed, and more novelty and vigour. We were one which is, besides, in strictness, particularly pleased with the followdue only to the entertaining fabu, jog piece of forest scenery. list; who
• Sweet was the scene ! Apart the cedats Speciosa miracula promit,
stood, Antplialen Scyllainque et cum Cyclope Cha. A sunny islet opened in the wood; ;* rybdim." in
With vernal lints the wild briar thicket glows, Where the narrative itself is defec. For here the desert flourist'd as the rose; tive in interest, this licence must be From sapling trees with lucid foliage crown'd, used with proportionable reserve: Gay lights and shadows twinkled on the for as it is by the invention, or the Up the tall stems luxuriant creepers run,
ground; composition, that the merits of To hang their silver blossoms in the sun; every poem must be decided ; à Derp velvet verdure clad the turf beneath, failure in the plan, can only be Where etodden flowers their richest odourie compensated by a sustained eleva breathe : tion and beauty in the style. There O'er all, the bees with murmuring music files must eitber be a valuable material, Froid bell to bell, to sip tbe treasured dewi CHRIST, OBSERV. No. 154.
Pp. 35, 36.
While insect mytiails in the sular gleains," most fervent wish to find it worthy Glanced 19 and fro, like intermingling beanis ; of unmixed applause! Bora poem So fresh, so pure, the woods, the sky, the must, after all, be criticised as a work : o 'pair, i* * '* odra!
of taste; and there is one rule for It seem'd a place where angels raight repair, the appreciation of moral, and anoAnd tune their harps beneath those tranquil ther for that of literary, excellence.
shades, Tu morning songs, or moonlight serenades."
Did it depend upon ourselves
, how gladly should we always twine for
the brow of the same candidate, the The powers..of Javan's flute are rival palms of genius and of virtue ! described with yet more striking effect
At once obedient to the lip and hand, A Sernon, preached at the Parish It utter'd every feeling at cominjand.
Church of Christ Church, Newgale Light u'er the stops, bis airy fingers flew :
Street, on Thursday, May 5, 1814. A spirit spoke in every tone they drew.
Before the Prayer-book and Homi'Twas now the sky.lark on the wings of
ly Society, at their Second Annimory, Now the night warbler leaning on her thorn
tersury. By the Hon. and Rev. Anon, through every pulse the music stole
G. T. Noel, M. A. Vicar of And held sublime communion with the soul;
Rainham, Kent. Hatchard. 1814, Wrúng from the coyest breast th* un prison'd we have, on former occasions, ex
sigh, And kindled rapture in the coldest eye."
pressed our warm concurrence in the plan and objects of this Society, and
we are happy to find by the Reports, By the preceding remarks, it will which are now before the public, appear, that our critical reckoning that it continues to labour with exwith Mr. Montgomery is rather tensive and increasing effect. The complicated and difficult of adjust- sermon, delivered by Mr. Cuoning, ment. Whether the balance is, on ham, on its First Anniversary, and the whole, in his favour, we do not noticed in our Number for September, mean at present to examine. We 1813, was calculated to render great had rather (to pursue the metaphor) service to the cause, and we anticikeep the account open, and postpone pate results not less favourable from a settlement, in the hope of further the scriptural and persuasive appeal transactions with bimi. There is, of Mr. Noel. however, one merit, and that of the The text is in 2 Thess. ii. 15.; highest order, for which we bave " Therefore, brethren, stand fast, not yet allowed him the praise that and hold the traditions which ye have it eminently demands : and we men- been taught." - In opening his subtion it last, not by any means as ject, the preacher is careful to dise least in the eye of the Christian tinguish between the traditions of Observer, but because it is of a kind. the Apostles and the traditions of our less immediately connected than the Church; and admits the possibility points which have been already of perpetuating error, by blind adconsidered with the literary cha- herence to the traditions of upinracter of the piece. The sentiments spired and fallible men. But if they are uniformly pure and pious. They shall be found to harmonize with the have a tendency (rare indeed in traditions of the Apostles, it can works of this class !) to promote spi-. surely, as he observes, be no diminu. rituality and devotion in the reader; tion of their value, that they have and at tbe same time, they give a been loved and banjured in days of most pleasing impression of the old ; that they bave come down to feelings and principles of the au- us with the sanction of great, and thor. Need we say then, that we venerable names, and with every nea: have considered this work with a commendation, which can be fum