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1823.) Review.—Moore's Loves of the Angels.
43 And mine, oh misery! mine the flame, grant meads of the former, we feel From which this desolation came Pess ardour in travelling over the towerAnd I the fiend, whose foul caress ing mountains and precipitous crags of Had blasted all that loveliness !"
the latter. The loves of the third angel are
Lord Byron's Poem of “ Heaven more auspicious. He is represented and Earth” is the opening piece of as one of those angels who fell from the second Number of the 'Liberal, " loving much to loving wrong." published on the 1st of Jan.; and
We cannot resist the temptation of from its mitigated immorality, when extracting the following soft and beau- compared with former productions, tiful little piece. It is the song of Na we have no doubt, but the public cenma, calling Zaraph, the angel, to their sure has produced a desirable effect. accustomed supplication.
This “Mystery," as it is denominated, “Come pray with me, my seraph love,
Cain," assuines the form of a My angel-lord,, come pray with me;
drama. It is a love-story, into which In vain to night my lip hath strove
the author has introduced all the horTo send one holy prayer above
rors of the Deluge. The time selected The knee may bend, the lip may move, is imniediately preceding that awful But pray I cannot, without thee !
event, and the Poem ends with the " I've fed the altar in my bower
Deluge itself, in which the author With droppings from the incense tree ; powerfully pourtrays the destruction I've shelter'd it from wind and shower, of all but the Ark, which floats on But dim it burns the livelong hour,
the vast and interminable extent of As if, like me, it had no power
the watery waste. The chief interest Of life or lustre without thee!
arises from the loves of the angels SuA boat at midnight sent alone
miazu and Azaziel, for two of the To drift upon the moonless sea,
lovely descendants of Cain. One of the A lute, whose leading chord is gone, most appalling pictures of the Deluge A wounded bird, that hath but oue
is conveyed in the exultations of the Imperfect wing to soar upon,
Evil Spirits who issue from the caverns Are like what I am, without thee!"
of Caucasus, and are on the eve of « Then ne'er, my spirit love, divide,
winging their flight froin the earth In life or death, thyself from me;
doomed to destruction. These are the But when again, in sunny pride, Thou walk'st through Eden, let me glide,
scenes in which the horror-dealing
imagination of Lord Byron revels with A prostrate shadow, by thy side
Oh happier thus than without thee!" the most powerful effect; where he
The connection between Love, De- depicts the excess of human misery, votion and Music, is thus gracefully The reader will observe, by the follow
and “grins horribly the ghastly smile." alluded to:
ing extract, the usual style of the poem. “Oh Love, Religion, Music-all
The bold irregularity of the metre sets That's left of Eden upon earth
criticism at defiance. The only blessings, since the fall Of our weak souls, that still recall
Rejoice! A trace of their high, glorious birth
The abhorred race How kindred are the dreams you bring !
Which could not keepinEden their high place, How Love, though unto earth so prone,
But listen'd to the voice Delights to take Religion's wing,
Of knowledge without
power, When time or grief hath stain'd his own ! Are nigh the hour How near to Love's beguiling brink,
Of death! Too oft, entranc'd Religion lies !
Not slow, nor single, not by sword, nor While Music, Music is the link
[sapping motion, They both still hold by to the skies, Nor years, nor heart-break, nor Time's The language of their native sphere, Shall they drop off. Behold their last Which they had else forgotten here."
Earth shall be ocean ! We have revelled so long in the
And no breath, delightful and flowery fields of Moore's
Save of the winds, be on the unbounded exuberant Muse, that our readers will
[spot : begin to suspect we have altogether Angels shall tire their wings, but find no forgot the Pegasean soarings of our Not even a rock from out a liquid grave noble Bard. Indeed we must inge Shall lift its point to save, nuously confess that, after meandering Or show the place where strong Despair through the verdant lawns and fri hath died,
Review.-Lord Byron's Heaven and Earth. [Jan. After long looking o'er the ocean wide quently liable. We have neither space For the expected ebb which cometh not : nor inclination to enter into a cynical All shall be void,
examination of the poem; or we could Destroyed!
extract innumerable passages that would Another element shall be the lord
not bear the test of criticism. We Of life, and the abhorr'd Children of dust be quenched ; and of each shall
, however, close our review with hue
the following short extracts, desultorily Of earth nought left but the unbroken blue ;
taken from the first scene, which is a And of the variegated mountain
conversation betwixt Anah and AhoShall nought remain
libamah, the two heroines of the piece. Unchanged, or of the level plain ; The examples of cacophony, nonsense, Cedar and pine shall lift their tops in &c. are given in italics. The reader vain :
will perceive that the cæsura, which is All merg'd within the universal fountain, the soul of metrical harmony, is totally Man, earth, and fire shall die, disregarded. And sea and sky
Nonsense. Look vast and lifeless in the eternal eye.
Anah. Yet, Seraph, dear A mother's anguish, horror-stricken
Oh hear! at the idea of the drowning of her in- For thou hast loved me, and I would not
die nocent child, is expressed in a style of thrilling pathos.
Until I know what I must die in knowing,
That thou forget'st in thine eternityA Mother offering her infant to Japhet).
Ahol. There is a ray Oh let this child embark !
In me, which, though forbidden yet to I brought him forth in woe,
shine, But thought it joy
I feel was lighted at thy God's and thine. To see him to my bosom clinging so.
Anah. I should have loved
Azaziel not less were he mortal ; yet
I am glad he is not. I cannot outlive him*. What is there in this milk of mine, that Ahol. Samiasa ! Death
[stroy I call thee, I wait thee, and I love thee. Should stir all heaven and earth up to de- Anah. Eternity is in thine years.
My boy, And roll the waters o'er his placid breath? Anah. Whate'er our God decrees, Save him, thou seed of Seth !
The God of Seth, as Caint, I must obey, We have not attempted to detail the And will endeavour patiently to obey. plot of the noble Bard, or illustrate it Such doggrel trash as this is a disby many extracts; because we consider grace to the writer, and an insult to the piece, as a dramatic composition, the Public. a complete failure; and we certainly O formose Poeta, nimis ne crede lapredict that if his Lordship continues to produce tragedies and mysteries, in Qui isthæc non odit, amet tua carmina, such rapid succession, similar to those
BYRON. recently issued, he will write down his reputation much more rapidly than he 3. A Second Series of Curiosities of Liacquired it. Perhaps this giant in terature: consisting of Researches in LiPoesy considers his naine so firmly terary, Biographical, and Political Hisestablished, that whatever flows from tory; of Critical and Philosophical Inhis pen should be received as poetic quiries; and of Secret History. By I. law : if so, it is the duty of legitimate
D’Israeli. In three vols. 8vo. Murray. criticism to expose those licentious THIS intelligent and industrious aberrations to which his Lordship, pro- Collector of Curiosities has given a bably through negligence alone, is fre- rich treat to the Publick. His three
* None but his Lordship could explain the metre of this verse. It should be an iambic pentameter. Let us turn pedants, and try to scan it,
I am glad hề is not. I cānnot outlīve him. The terminating words form an adonic, perhaps in imitation of his friend Southey's Hexameters!
+ The God of Seth, as Cain, would have come better under the head of NONSENSE.. We should observe that these lines are not from the same scene as the preceding ones.
1823.) Review.-D'Israeli's Curiosities of Literature."
45 former volumes were noticed in our See our volumes LXIII. i. p. 1120; vols. LXIII. p. 521; LXXXVII. i. 425; LXXXII. i. p. 555. ii. p. 54. LXXXIV. i. and the three now first published will p. 358. ; LXXXVI. I. p. 438. probably be thought more entertaining. Among the early articles
Mr. D’Israeli thus states the differ, Loves of Lady Arabella,” will be read ence of character between the present with great interest, as will the chavolumes and the preceding Series: racter of Sir . Edw. Coke, contrasted “ The form of essay-writing, were it now
with that of his great rival Lord Bamoulded even by the hand of the Raphael
Other more prominent articles of Essayists, would fail in the attraction of are, “ The Secret History of Sir novelty; Morality would now in vaiu repeat
Walter Rawleigh ;
an authentic its counsels in a fugitive page, and Manners Narrative of his last Hours ;” and now offer but little variety, to supply one. the “Secret History of the Death of The progress
of the human mind has been Queen Elizabeth.” In the last of marked by the enlargement of our know these articles the document (from a ledge; and essay-writing seems to have MS. Volume formerly in the possesclosed with the century which it charmed
sion of Petyt, and seemingly in his and enlightened.
hand-writing) is curious ; but it is not “ I have often thought that an occasional
quite so novel as the Author appears to recurrence to speculations on human affairs,
think, having been printed in 1788, as they appear in private and in public history, and to other curious inquiries in litera
from a more complete copy, in the ture and philosophy, would form some sub
Progresses of Queen Elizabeth,” stitute for this mode of writing. These
where the narratives of Sir Robert Researches, therefore, offer authentic know Carey and Mr. Strype are given ; as ledge for evanescent topics ; they attempt
also a romantic tale of Parsons the to demonstrate some general principle, by
Jesuit. induction from a variety of particulars—to In the article Literary Residevelope those imperfect truths which float dences,” Mr. D'Israeli'is completely at obscurely in the mind—and to suggest sub home, and at his ease--exempli gratiâ. jects, which, by their singularity, are new
“Men of genius have usually been conto inquiry, and which may lead to new trains
demned to compose their finest works, , of ideas. Such Researches will often form
which are usually their earliest, under the supplements to our previous knowledge.
roof of a garret; and few literary characters " In accustoming ourselves to disco
have lived, like Pliny and Voltaire, in a villa veries of this nature, every research seems
or chateau of their own. It has not thereto yield the agreeable feeling of invention— fore often happened, that a man of genius it is a pleasure peculiar to itself—something could raise local emotions by his own intelwhich we ourselves have found out-and which, whenever it imparts novelty or inter- palace in his verse, lodged himself in a
lectual suggestions. Ariosto, who built a est to another, communicates to him the
small house, and found that stanzas and delight of the first discoverer.”
stones were not put together at the same Such is the idea on which the mate rate : old Montaigne has left a description rials in this “ new Series of Curiosi
of his library; over the entrance of my ties” has been collected and arranged ;
house where I view my court-yards and gar-?
den, and at once survey all the operations of and it is so golden a casket of literary gems, that those who read either for
“ A literary friend, whom a hint of mine amusement or instruction, would not
had induced to visit the old tower in the be disappointed were they to open for garden of Buffon, where that Sage retired tuitously in any page of these Sortes
every morning to compose, passed so long a. D’Israeliana.
time in that lonely apartment, as to have Happily possessed of an ample for raised some solicitude among the honest. tune, and unfettered by any profession, folks of Montbar, who having seen the Mr. D’Israeli has been enabled to de Englishman' enter, but not return, during a vote the learned leisure of several years heavy thunder-storm which had occurred in: to the pursuits of literature; and his
the interval, informed the good mayor, who hours have been usefully and honour
came in due form, to notify the ambiguous
state of the stranger. My friend is, as is ably employed. Many an antient manu
well known, a genius of that cast, who could script has been pored over, and many
pass two hours in the Tower of BUFFON a black-letter tract; and from such
without being aware that he had been all, sources he has judiciously condensed
that time occupied by suggestions of ideas numerous striking historical facts and
and reveries, which such a locality may ex-. biographical rarities, which would
cite in some minds. He was also busied by otherwise have remained in oblivion. his hand; for he has favoured me with two
[Jan. drawings of the interior and the exterior of private tables, as well as at Somerset this old tower in the garden: the naked House; perhaps not on their grand ness within can only be compared to the Anniversary, when we believe only solitude without. Such was the studying, 18 persons are invited, and they alroom of Buffon, where his eye, resting on ways select from the nobility, or perno object, never interrupted the unity of his
sons of the very first distinction. Mr. meditations on Nature.
T. also possessed many choice spe« Pope, who had far more enthusiasm in his poetical disposition than is generally cimens of the abilities of our great understood, was extremely susceptible of Painters, which had been mostly prethose literary associations with localities : sented to him by the respective Artone of the volumes of his Homer was began ists. He was beloved by an exten[begun) and finished in an old tower over the sive circle of friends, amongst whom chapel at Stanton Harcourt * ; and he has we shall particularize Sir Joshua Reyperpetuated the event, if not consecrated nolds, whose Portrait of Mr. Tomkins the place, by scratching with a diamond on is one of his most finished paintings, a pane of stained glass this inscription : and the last by that celebrated MasIn the year 1718,
tert. Mr. Tomkins as an artist stood Alexander Pope
foremost in his own profession, and Finished HERE
his name will be handed down to The fifth volume of Homer.
posterity with the Heroes and StatesIt was the same feeling which induced him Inen whose excellence his
penmanone day, when taking his usual walk with ship has contributed to illustrate and Harte in the Haymarket, to desire Harte to
commemorate. Mr. Tomkins could enter a little shop, where going up three also wield the grey-goose quill for the pair of stairs into a small room, Pope said,
purpose of moral instruction; and, * In this garret Addison wrote his Campaign! Nothing less than a strong feeling animated, he would manfully defend
were it possible for his shade to be reimpelled the poet to ascend this garret-it himself, 'and have thundered in the was a consecrated spot to his eye; and certainly a curious instance of the power of
ears of any antagonist,
“ I too am an genius contrasted with its miserable locality! Author !" Addison, whose mind had fought through
The character of Mr. Oldys, the a campaign in a garret, could he have literary Antiquary, enriched by the called about him the Pleasures of Imagina- recollections of that pleasant Veteran tion,' had probably planned a house of lite in Literary Anecdote, Mr. John Tayrary repose, where all parts would have been lor, is a very capital article ; aid in harmony with his mind.
might be still further improved by re“ Such residences of men of genius have ferring to the Second Edition of the been enjoyed by some ; and the vivid de
“ British Topography," (vol. 1. pp. 31. scriptions which they have left us convey
567.) where the Topographical Collecsomething of the delightfulness which
tions of Mr. Oldys are duly apprecharmed their studious repose.”
ciated, and a well-deserved compliThe article on Autographs is origi- ment is paid by Mr. Gough to Mr. nal. It evinces much research, and is Steevens. At that period the two lastvery entertaining.
mentioned gentlemen were on terms That on Caligraphy is also amusing. of familiar intimacy, which unfortuIt is written with great sprightliness; nately was soon after dissolved. and many a doughty “ Knight of the In the Third Volume are two arPlume volante" is severely ridiculed. ticles which we wish to see expunged In one instance, however, the satire is from a new edition, or at least maimproperly directed.
In delineating terially altered. We are surprised inthe character of Mr. Tomkins, the deed that the reminiscence of friendly Author has departed from that urba. intercourse in the days of the Author's nity for which he has been remark- youth (when Clio and Euterpe in able both in his life and writings. 1787 amused the Readers of the St. The manners of Mr. Tomkins were James's Chronicle, more especially modest and gentlemanly. He lived in Dr. S. and a small circle of friends at familiar intercourse with most of the Enfield) did not restrain the pen of the Royal Academicians of his day; was a Writer. The worthy Collector of the frequent and welcome guest at their “ Curiosities will understand and
pardon this allusion. * See a view of the Tower in vol. LXXXIX. i. 893.
+ See our vol, lxxxvi. ii. Pp. 280. 292.
1893.] Review.D'Israeli's Curiosities of Literature.
47 In one of the anecdotes the vile able collection of the Works of Homalignity of Puck the Commentator, garth, entirely formed by himself in whose character Mr. D'Israeli has in an uncommonly short space of time. a former page very forcibly delineated, In this, as in every pursuit on which was sufficient to cause at least hesita he set his heart, he spared neither troution in belief of the exaggerated story.
ble nor expense.
He frequently Neither Puck nor the Great Coat were bought two or more copies of the rarest in the Abbey; and the only persons prints; and, selecting the best imprespresent were, the Dean of Westmin. sion, sold the duplicates to other Colster with two of the Prebendaries, lectors, and sometimes even gained by Sir Joseph Ayloffe, the Honourable the transaction. Whilst thus engaged, Daines Barrington, and Mr. Gough. hearing that Mr. Gough had a few of For what passed there Sir Joseph Ay the very early prints of the matchless loffe's Account of it in the Archa Graphic Satirist, he somewhat too ologia (vol. III. p. 376,) is the best abruptly wrote
to request that he authority; and that Hon. Baronet ex- might possess them either by purchase pressly asserts, “ that previous to the re or exchange. This Mr. G. (who in moval of the top-stone of King Edward's fact cared very little about those partimonument, the Dean of Westminster, cular prints, and would have given them who was present from the opening to the as a present upon a different sort of shutting it up, had taken every pos-' application,) very strongly resented, sible precaution that no damage might and gave a peremptory refusal. And be done either to the Royal body, or thus arose the implacable vengeance of its- sarcophagus. The like vigilance Mr. Steevens. Contrary to his usual was observed by him during the time custom, the ingenious fabricator pubthe coffin continued open : so that licly exulted at the success of his con, the corpse did not receive the least trivance; asserting that it was in reviolation or injury; neither was it de- venge for some attack which Mr. G. spoiled of any of its vestments, regalia, had made on the tittle-tattle stories
On the contrary, all of his friend the Rev. William Cole, things were suffered to remain in the of Milton. same condition, situation, and place, In vol. III. p. 38, Mr. D'Israeli enuwherein they were found. After the merates, amongst the defunct literary spectators had taken a sufficient view, evening newspapers, one which is still the top of the coffin, and the covering- in high vigour, being equal in circulastone of the tomb, were restored to tion to any of the daily morning, patheir proper places, and fastened down pers (the Times excepted); and whích by a strong cement of terrice, before the still keeps a high literary reputation;Dean retired from the Chapel.” our readers will readily perceive we
The other silly story of Hardicanute's allude to the “St. James's Chronicle stone was avowedly a wicked contriv. and General Evening Post.” ance of George Steevens, to entrap poor Exempt by his situation in life from Schnebbelie, the famous draftsman *; the “Calamities of Authors,” Mr. who made a drawing of the stone, D’Israeli, (with the exception of a few which was sent for elucidation to the slight scratches by Mr. Bowles in his venerable Dr. Pegge, who certainly controversy with Lord Byron, and a was taken in by it; and it produced little skirmish with Mr. Hawkins, in froin that worthy Divine a very learned the pages of Sylvanus Urban,) has hapEssay, which was sent to the Society of pily escaped their “Quarrels 1:". Antiquaries; but the impudent trick On the whole, we are much pleased was discovered in time to prevent the with this new “ Series of Curiosities;". communication appearing in print. which in quality are at least equal, if
As a genuine anecdote for the next not superior, to the former Series ; but edition of the “ Quarrels of Authors,' we regret that they are inferior in we will state the secret history of that quantity.. We should gladly have seen which led to these ungentlemanly and more of them; but, alas! the lines are unwarrantable attacks. Mr. S. (it is at such a distance from each other, as well known) possessed a most valu to give the appearance of being cold,
and are in the ratio of only 24 to 29. The history of this wanton trick, with a fac-simile of Schnebbelie's drawing, may + See vol. Lxxxiv. i. 261. 551; and be seen in our vol. LX. p. 217.