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Climb'd the sharp precipice's steepest breast, Wisely their sealterd knowledge be con To reize the cagle 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 low, The skulking panther from his bidden lair." And skill that made ihe iron furnace glow,
p. 151. His genius launch'd the heel and sway'd the A v
helm, Afterwards his ambition is turned (His throne and sceptre on the watorý realno), to higher pursuits, and he becomes While from the tent of his expanded sail the inventor of navigation. There
He eyed the heavens, and flew before the is much animation, and even gran. The first of men whose courage them to
gale, deur, in the style of the following
guide extract, although we do not think the bounding vessel through the refluent tide. there is much ihat 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 the remotest nations with his nod,
To live a hero, and to die a god." Yet "was the stripling's chief delight to
pp. 152-154. The river's wrath, and wrestle with the
The next canto introduces us 10
wave; When torrent rains bad swole the furious this monarch in .person, seated in tide,
triumph on the summit of a mounHigh on the foaming surge be lov'd to ride ; lain in Eden, surrounded by his When calm and clear the stream was wont chiefs. The invaded land is now 10. Now,
supposed to be finally subdued. Fearless he dived to search the cares below. The last battle bas just been fougbt His childhood's story, often told, had wrought between the giant host and the rem. Sublimest bopes in his aspiring thought.
pant of the inhabitants of Eden; Once on a cedar, from its mountain throne, Pluckt by the tempest, forth he sail'd alone, and the whole of the latter having And reachd the gulph:-with eye of cager
been either taken captive, or exter: 1'11 fire,
minated in this unequal combat, ebe And Ausbing cheek, he watch'd the shores conqueror sees himself at last the retire,
undisputed master of the subjugated' Till sky and water wide around were spread. universe. This ultimate struggle Straight to the sun he thought his voy- for the freedoin of the world de
served, ia more important place in With shouts of transport haild its setting this poem than our author, bas And followed, all the long and lonely night; even form part of the main natras
chosen to assign to it. It does not But ere the morning-star expired, he found His stranded bark once more on eartlily tive; it is merely introduced as the
subject of a triumphal songs and is Tears, wrung from secret shame, suffüs'd recounted in general terms, without
any of those exhibitions of indie When in the East he saw the sun arise ; vidual prowess and personal conflict Pride quickly theók'd thenu :-young ambis which constitute the chief interest ir tion burn'd:
of a battle piece. Yet this descrip For boldet enterprize, as he return'de Lion, imperfect as it is, is the only Through snares and deaths pursuing fame one of the same class' to be fouod en and power,
in the whole work, though founded He scorn'd his flock from that adventurous
on the invasion of a warlike landı hour, And leagued with monsters of congenial by mighty armięs. Of all the sun birth,
pleasant circumstances which usually Began to scourge and robjugate the earth.
attend a transaction of this kind, Meanwhile the sons of Cain, who till the the readers is allowed to know. 00 8 I soil, 1311931, OJ V À ] thing more than is absolutely nem By doble asus had learwd to lighten tailos's cessary, and every incident of a - 291797 problée! oplev pot 2010
9.1 his eyes,
barbarous and blood-thirsty 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, tő proceed from a Christian and be and, after confessing his sin in have nevolent aversion to the ordinary ing apostatised from the truth, de
to themes of 'heroic song-to " the clares himself to be ready to meet plumed troops and the big war, that his fate at the same time, assurmake ambition virtue," and we ing the tyrant, that the God 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 tumults of courts and camps, and alone,andwildly proclaims the fervour 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 Sophroniarl of 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, 3 no pains are spared to give the due Exclaim'd a voice more horrid thau the sbare of characteristic interest to a
groan being whose pride is,
of famish'd riger leaping on his prey. ni
Crouch'd at the monarchi's feet the speaker " To role remotest nations with his nod, To live a hero, and to die a god."
But starting mp, 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 snatçlıd him fruid and will sing of an invasion, it seems
the flood, lo us, that in consistency he ought to The sorcerer, who nursed him up to blood." have no objection 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 inspi. which 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 he assures the momonarch, in the triumph of his soul, narchy that the sun is his father, and
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 upon possession of Michael and the Sera- it a tower, from whence he may phim. While he meditates this ex- 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 to sacrifice to advise, that the patriarchs beim them to his idols, in order to propi- mediately, burned alive; and dares tiate the infernal powers in tavour the Almighty to interfere, if he of flis new project is At this moment, can,cin sheir behalf! Al that awful Javan meets his eye, and the giant, name, his voice is suddenly repress
ed ;-his nerves are frozen", and he in which their king bad bail'd his realo.com
In the simile that follows these entombed alive in brick and mortar, and were much disappointed at the sublimity. It exhibits, too, an ob. comparatively mild punishment inject of comparison finely análogous fieted on him. Enoch steps-for
to the era and title of the poem.
" As when the waters of the flood declined, ward, and pronounces as his doom,
Rolling lumultuously before the wind, that he shall wạnder * a drivelling The proud waves shrunk from low to lower idiot from house to house, and never
beds, find an dome.” 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, "edchased with rock and the wisdom to make off as fast as · strand, possible. "
As in the hollow of the Almighty's hand,
While Earth wish wrecks magnificent, was Thié wizard heard his sentence ; nor re- strew'd, main'd
And stilness reigu'd o'er Natyrels solitude: A moment longer; from his trance Thus in a storn of horror and dismay, chain'd,
All night the giant army sped away; He phinged into the woodlaza-thë prophet Thas on a lonely,ʻsad, and silent scene, i suen,
The morning rose in majesty serenc.,»: Turn?d, and took up his.parable again,”.
pp. 215, 216. PA 2011, 201.
This is a passage ei of peculiar ex Enoch 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 aii mery's powers, and at the same his subjects by the deluge.,
The time, we must admit
, to mark by giant chiefs, exasperated; rush upon contrast, the deficiencies of many the propbet; the monarch himself, parts of bis performance. flies at him with drawn sword, and
The conclusion of the piece, disaims a fruitless blow. The intend- misses Javan to the delights of ed victim is no longer to be seen;
" friendship, home ,and love;" and *he walk'd with God, and was not
the scattered tribes of Eden, to the found. His mantle falls on Javan, enjoyment of liberty and peace. Who immediately; endued with mi
Such is the story which Mr. taculoas power, leads away the band Montgomery has chosen as the of the faithful in safety, from among
basis of a poem of ten cantos, and
Its tbe ranks of their enemies. The nearly four thousand lines. giants now prepare for their despe
defects are too obvious to require rale enterprise of storming Paradise;
much comment. The most willing by a dreadful storm and earthquake, denis are so few and so slightly inbut they are themselves first assailed attention cannot be long detained in
favour of a tale, in which the inciwbich paralize their troops, and which are succeeded by an incur- terwoven with each other; in which
the action and the catastrophe are sion of embatiled cherubim.
The giants instantly fly in consterna
50 feebly, connected; the episodes, tion, and their monarch is himself or digressions, so numerous and 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
bein.conslain by some unknown band; and his chieftains pursue their flight to all their extraordinary
seem gifted to little purpose with their own countries;
The giant king, employs his super* With life alune escaping from that was human strength, Lalents, and dimen
sions, in reducing, with a countless or a highly finished workmanship host that has overrun the world, la the absence, however, of both and that is commanded by gigantic ihese' 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 perforined, 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 Lbe 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, ibat 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 matter narrative poem of considerable and the manner. In that class of length, a certain admixture 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 very uniformly maincritics have felt themselves obliged tains the tone of ihe 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. iog piece of forest scenery. list; who
* Sweet was the scene! A part the cedats Speciosa miracula promit,
4. stood, Antipliaten Scyllamque et cum Cyclope Cha- A samny islet opened in the wood; rybdim,
With vernal tints 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 aud shadows swinkled on the for as it is by the invention, or the Up the fall stems luxuriant creepers run, composition, that the merits of To hang their silver blossoms in the sun; every poem must be decided ; a Depp velvet verdåre clad the turf beneath, failure in the plan, can only be Where trodden flowers their sichest odourie compensated by a sustained eleva- breathe : tion and beauty in the style. There O'er all, the bees with murmuring music fear must either be a valuable material, From bell to bell, to sip tbe treasured dew; CARIST. OBSERV. No, 164.
pp. 35, 36.
Whife insect myriads in the sular gleams, '') most fervent wish to find it worthy Glanced to and fro, like intermingling beans; of unmixed applauseBol a poem So fresh, so pure, the woods, the sky, the must, after all, be criticised as a work Polbiairy u21 odio
of taste, and there is one rule for It seein'd a place where angels might repair, the appreciation of moral, and anodad tune their harps beneath those i tranquil ther for that of literary, excellence.
shades, To 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 oncé obedient to the lip and hand, A Sermon, preached at the Parish It utter'd'every feeling at comniand.
Church of Christ Church, Newgate Light o'er the stops, his aity 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 Anni moru, Now the night warbler leaning on her thorn
versury. By the Hon. and Rev. Anon, through every pulse the music stole
G. T. Noel, M. A. Vicar of And held sublime coinmunion with the soul;
Rainham, Kent. Hatchard. 1814 Wrúng from the coyest breast th* anprison'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 tabour witb exwith Mr. Montgomery is rather tensive and increasing effect. The complicated and difficult of adjust- sermon, delivered by Mr. Cuening. 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 bim. 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 have « Therefore, brethren, stand fast, not yet allowed him the praise that and hold the traditions which ye have it emineatly demands: and we men- been taught."--In opening bis subtion it last, not by any means as ject, the preacher is careful to diso 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 ad considered with the literary cha-herence to the traditions of unidracter 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 dimine: rituality and devotion in the reader; tion of their value, that they bave and at the same time, they give a been loved and boucured 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 wer venerable pames, and with every rete have considered tbis work with a commendation, which can be for