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• When he fell, and wished to fall, is singularly happy. It speaks whole stanzas. The Spectre Boat contains one thrilling and magical stanza, for which it was worth while to write and print the whole ballad: we need not say that it is the last. But it is in the patriotic songs, the • Song of the Greeks,' the Song Men of England,' and the stanzas to the memory of the Spanish Patriots, that all the latent fire of the Author's genius bursts forth from its embers, and flashes before us with

dazzling brilliancy:
• Oh! lyre divine, what daring spirit

Wakes thee now ?
• Brave men who at the Trocadero fell —
Beside your cannons conquer'd not, though slain,
There is a victory in dying well
For Freedom,and ye have not died in vain ;
For come what may, there shall be hearts in Spain
To honour, ay embrace your martyr'd lot,
Cursing the Bigot’s and the Bourbon's chain,
And looking on your graves, though trophied not,
As holier, hallow'd ground, than priests could make the spot!
• What though your cause be baffled-freemen cast
In dungeons-dragg’d to death or forced to flee;
Hope is not wither'd in affliction's blast-
The patriot's blood's the seed of Freedom's tree;
And short your orgies of revenge shall be,
Cowld Demons of the Inquisitorial cell !
Earth shudders at your victory,—for ye
Are worse than common fiends from Heaven that fell,
The baser, ranker sprung, Autochthones of hell !
• Go to your bloody rights again-bring back
The hall of horrors and the assessor's pen,
Recording answers shriek'd upon the rack;
Smile o'er the gaspings of spine-broken men ;
Preach, perpetrate damnation in your den ;-
Then let your altars, ye blasphemers ! peal
With thanks to Heaven, that let you loose again,
To practise deeds with torturing fire and steel
No eye may search-20 tongue may challenge or reveal!
• Yet laugh not in your carnival of crime
Too proudly, ye oppressors !-Spain was free,
Her soil bas felt the foot-prints, and her clime
Been winnow'd by the wings of Liberty;
And these even parting scatter as they flee
Thoughts-influences, to live in hearts unborn,
Opinions that shall wrench the prison-key
From Persecution-shew her mask off-torn,
And tramp her bloated head beneath the foot of Scorn.

"Glory to them that die in this great cause !
Kings, Bigots, can inflict no brand of shame,
Or shape of death, to shroud them from applause :
No !-manglers of the martyr's earthly frame!
Your hangmen fingers cannot touch his fame.
Still in your prostrate land there shall be some
Proud hearts, the shrines of Freedom's vestal flame.
Long trains of ill may pass unheeded, dumb,
But vengeance is behind, and justice is to come. pp. 78–81.
The Song to the Evening-Star, the song at p. 98, and · Ab-
sence,' are distinguished by singular elegance and delicacy of

STAR that bringest home the bee,
And sett'st the weary labourer free!
If any star shed peace, 'tis thou,

That send'st it from above,
Appearing when Heaven's breath and brow

Are sweet as her's we love.
• Come to the luxuriant skies
Whilst the landscape's odours rise,
Whilst far-off lowing herds are heard,

And songs, when toil is done,
From cottages whose smoke unstir'd

Curls yellow in the sun.
Star of love's soft interviews,
Parted lovers on thee muse;
Their remembrancer in Heaven

Of thrilling vows thou art,
Too delicious to be riven

By absence from the heart.' pp. 91–2.
The Last Man is not at all to our taste, and

we shall

say nothing about it, except that the Poet has wrestled with a shapeless idea, and has been thrown by it. ‘A Dream' is the title of a poem written apparently in a similar mood, not the Author's happiest. It is strange that he cannot be the moralist, without affecting the misanthropist. We look in vain through his later poems, for the bright and heavenly influence of the

pleasures of hope,' breaking upon the soul from a world unseen. The Christian's creed is scarcely any where to be detected. Hence there is a deplorable poverty of moral sentiment in all his productions, as if his warmest feelings were withered by a heartless infidelity. The true lyric spirit seems to be enkindled within him by the name of freedom or the patriot theme; and then, who like he can' awake the Spartan fife?' But never is the poet called up within him by holier themes, and rarely does a devotional sentiment or heaven-ward aspiration escape him. Whatever this may proceed from, we deplore it, because it materially lessens both the power and the interest of the Author's productions. We do not wish him to write Hebrew melodies like Lord Byron's, nor sacred Anacreontics like Moore's. To his honour be it remembered, Mr. Campbell has never degraded himself to a level with the Author of Don Juan and Thomas Little, by making his poetry a pander to vice; and he therefore might send forth a volume even of religious poetry, without its being said that his Muse had turned Magdalen. But this we do not ask of him, nor do we require that his poetry should be religious, but we call upon him as a poet at least to do homage to religion. It is but just, perhaps, to notice a fine stanza in the poem entitled · The Last Man,' which forms the most striking exception to our remarks.

• This spirit shall return to Him

That gave its heavenly spark ;
Yet think not, Sun, it shall be dim

When thou thyself art dark !
No! it shall live again, and shine
In bliss unknown to beams of thine,

By Him recalled to breath,
Who captive led captivity,
Who robb’d the grave of victory -

And took the sting from Death!' We must not omit to notice the last poem in the volume, a wildly solemn legend very powerfully told; but it is much too long to extract entire, and we will not be guilty of mutilating it. We cannot lay down the book, however, without giving one more specimen, and it is a poem which we suspect no one but Mr. Campbell could have written.

• Again to the battle, Achaians !
Our hearts bid the tyrants defiance;
Our land, the first garden of Liberty's tree-
It has been, and shall yet be the land of the free:
For the cross of our faith is replanted,
The pale dying crescent is daunted,
And we march that the foot-prints of Mahomet's slaves,
May be wash'd out in blood froin our forefathers' graves.
Their spirits are hovering o'er us,
And the sword shall to glory restore us.
• Ah! what though no succour advances,
Nor Christendom's chivalrous lances
Are stretch'd in our aid—be the combat our own!
And we'll perish or conquer more proudly alone :
For we've sworn by our Country's assaulters,

By the virgins they've dragg'd from our altars,
By our massacred patriots, our children in chains,
By our heroes of old and their blood in our veins,
That living, we shall be victorious,
Or that dying, our deaths shall be glorious.
" A breath of submission we breathe not;
The sword that we've drawn we will sheathe not!
Its scabbard is left where our martyrs are laid,
And the vengeance of ages has whetted its blade.
Earth, may hide-waves engulph-fire consume us,
But they shall not to slavery doom us :
If they rule, it shall be o'er our ashes and graves ;
But we've smote them already with fire on the waves,
And new triumphs on land are before us.
To the charge!-Heaven's bapner is o'er us.
• This day shall ye blush for its story,
Or brighten your lives with its glory.
Our women, Oh, say, shall they shriek in despair,
Or embrace us from conquest with wreathes in their hair?
Accurst may his memory blacken,
If a coward there be that would slacken
Till we've trampled the turban and shewn ourselves worth
Being sprung from and named for the godlike of earth.
Strike home, and the world shall revere us
As heroes descended from heroes.
Old Greece lightens up with emotion
Her inlands, her isles of the Ocean ;
Fanes rebuilt and fair towns shall with jubilee ring,
And the Nine shall new-hallow their Helicon's spring :
Our hearths shall be kindled in gladness,
That were cold and extinguish'd in sadness ;
Whilst our maidens shall dance with their white-waving arms,
Singing joy to the brave that deliver'd their charms,
When the blood of yon Mussulman cravens
Shall have purpled the beaks of our ravens. pp. 84-87.

Art. III. Original Letters Illustrative of English History; including

numerous Royal Letters, from Autographs in the British Museum, and one or two other Collections. With Notes and Illustrations. By Henry Ellis, F.R.S. Sec. S.A. Keeper of the Manuscripts in the British Museum. 3 vols. pp. xx. 1050. 8vo. Price 11. 16s. London. 1824.

E could scarcely name any Author of the present day, to

whom the republic of letters is under greater obligations than the indefatigable Editor of these volumes. Placed at the head of one of the most important departments of our national depository, the British Museum, Mr. Ellis, who for a long period has held the custody of the manuscripts, has been unwearied in his efforts to arrange and methodize the increasing mass of documents entrusted to his care ; enhancing by this means the value of a collection, the importance of which, the literary world has on no occasion been slow to acknowledge. Nor is it the smallest portion of this gentleman's praise, that, by the kindness and urbanity of his

manners, the literary inquirer has, upon all occasions, found an easy access to these archives, and that guidance and assistance in researches of difficulty, which no one is more eminently qualified to afford than himself,—furthering by every means in his power, the best purposes of the establishment, and promoting at the same time the general cause of learning. For the honest truth of this testimony, we might appeal to innumerable printed acknowledgements, which occur in prefaces to works of importance on varied branches of literature, more particularly on historical, biographical, antiquarian, and topographical subjects, which have been published during the last quarter of a century. Yet, notwithstanding this admitted attention to a laborious office, Mr. Ellis has made time, by drawing largely, we suspect, on his midnight lamp, to produce many works which have placed his name deservedly high as an Editor and Antiquary ;-witness the many folio volumes which have passed through his revising hands at the instance of the Record Commission,-the republication of several of our early Chronicles, with important elucidations and additions,—his improved edition of Mr. Brand's Popular Antiquities in two quarto volumes, and many other publications of similar labour and research. But these proofs of unwearied industry are yet surpassed by a work of still more gigantic labour, now drawing near to its completion, the weight of which, we understand, has long rested almost wholly on the shoulders of this literary Atlas; we allude to the Monastic History of our country, compiled originally by Sir William Dugdale, but, in the hands of the present Editor, doubled in bulk, and incalculably increased in value, by corrections of the older part, by collation with the original documents, as well as by the accession of a vast accumulation of newly discovered additional matter. Perhaps there has, in our times, been no literary project so bold, and none more successful, than this republication of the Monasticon; a work which may be considered as of national importance, and of the highest authority in ecclesiastical matters ; particularly in cases where the identification of property emanating from the church through the suppression of the Monasteries, is concerned.

By way of relief from these severer labours, Mr. Ellīs has

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