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The thunder and lightning are thus “ And most sbe lov'd to stray, when Dian's grandly described. The latter,
beam Pour'a down in soften'd light-in some deep
-"Rending midnight's sable mantle, shed
A transcent awful light; the thunder spread To sii-and see her silver arrows stream
Its deep reverberating roll around.--p. 167. Betwixt the whispering foliage, that then
In a dark tower they see the light of Way'd o'er her,-happy that no vulgar kena taper-Eva points, and informs him Bebeld her transports,—that no mortal ear there is the victim. Leon enters-a O'erheard her self-communion,-which dull
desperate fight ensues, in which the men - Hud folly deem'd; and bless'd to think the
monster of lust is slain; as soon as the tear
unhappy Eva saw his fate, she comShe shed in raptore, fell and dried where mitted suicide. With regard to Leon, pone were near!”
p. 95. let the four last lines of the poem The lines we have distinguished by testify: Italics, contain an original and highly ! " One day gave sire and daughter to the poetical image. In the solemn soli
grave, tude of this glen, her midnight melody
And e'er another sbed its noontide ray,
It saw the lover bounding o'er the wave; was often beard. Near her father's Reckless if rode his bark, or sunk where none house,
could save.'' “ Hung o'er a glassy lake's expanding flood, Still this beautiful poem has its A castle's ruins caught the murmuring breeze," | defects. It is too long, too prolix through whose dilapidated court
in detail. Fifteen stanzas are devoted yards, and among its ivy-clustered
| to inform the reader of the sorrow felt towers and turrets, Eva loved to wan
| by her father for Eva; eight by Leon
for his beloved. But it would be fasder alone. One evening she encountered her lover, Leon, to whose voice
tidious to proceed further in dispraise and harp she listens in rapture. They
of this charming production. We are betrothed to each other. We
trust we have done enough to inspire
our readers with a wish of possessing cannot omit stanza
it. In respect of “ Electricity," and "LXXI.
“ Stanza," with which the volumes “ His mind was strength and brilliance conclude, we have little to remark. her's the sweet,
The former may be very good in its The soften'd lustre of a milder light; He, like the noontide sun, whose blaze and
way; and the latter sbews the ardent heat
affection of Mr. Bounden for his "lyte." Spreads fiercely when no cloud obscures the We hope soon to have the pleasure of sight,
perusing a second poem from him, who Shone out in all the force of mental might
knows so well how to write. Our adShe beam'd the beauties of his ey'ning ray, When clouds of gold and orimson herald
arom vice we would give, and hope it will night
be taken in good part; when he sits His was the folness of the perfect day down to compose, let him dismiss from Her's was its beauteous flush, before it sinks his inind all recollection of any other away.”
poem which he has read and admired, Eva had appointed the wedding
and draw upon the stores of his own day, and waiting its approach, ends
imagination. canto the first. The second opens by announcing the sudden and myste- Review.--Miscellaneous Poems. By rious absence of Eva. Her lover,
ver, | Robert Power. In two vols, pp. 144. Leon, half maddened, seeks her every
-144. London, Simpkin and Marwhere in vain; her father pines, droops,
shall, Stationers' Court. 1824. and loses his reason. At midnight, she comes suddenly into his chamber, Wine and women, Bacchus and Venus, makes herself known, and he dies. are bere chanted pretty nearly in Then, in an ecstasy of horror, she flies every metre which the English lanto the residence of Leon, and informsguage can afford. There are two vohim that she was decoyed away by a lumes, and each page contains, on an villain, overpowered, and polluted. average, thirteen lines. The paper is He is raised to a furious pitch of mad- of most excellent quality, and the dess, and, urged by the ever gentle printing is very well executed. The Eva, sets out on a stormy night to Right Hon. Lady Jane Gray bas the wreak his vengeance on her seducer, honour of patronizing Mr. Power , 79.-VOL. VII.
Alas! how different her taste from Moore has been indefatigable in his that of her illustrious namesake. | labours to accomplish bis undertak
There is much smooth, pretty, and ing, nor has he suffered any sources sometimes elegant language in the of information that could be brought volumes before us; but as for glowing within his reach, to remain unexplorimagery, bold and original concep ed. It must, however, he admitted, tions, and strong impetuous “words that these volumes contain only a that burn,” they are all evidently be- small portion of original matter. yond the reach of Mr. Power. The Nearly every thing of moment had frequent odes on love, and young wo- already appeared in the former biomen, are insipid and common-place to graphies of these extraordinary men, the last degree; and the similes are so that the labour of this author has trite and threadbare, There is evi-chiefly consisted in arranging, modifydently a frequent forcing of the muse; ing, and retouching, what has long but she generally resents it, and is been before the world. In addition to flatter than before. The best poem in this, he has lopped off many excres. the books is that commencing the se- cences, and supplied several deficiencond volume, entitled “Anacreon in cies, ascribed various actions to moHeaven; or, the Rivalry of Love and | tives which his predecessors but inWine.” Though the title is light and distinctly saw, and occasionally dealt trifling, we are induced to extract a about his cudgel with no unsparing stanza or two, as a specimen of the hand. The character of these exalted remainder.
men, he has drawn through an alembic “ Bat Love was there!
constructed by the hand of friendship, Whose wings with wild impatience rose,
and to give symmetry to all its feaAnd Auttering, fann'd the angry air:.
tures, has spared no expense. As a Then deep the mantling crimson glows, herald announcing its approach, he As through his frame the tides of passion ily, seems to call aloud, “Make way, Barn on his cheeks and sparkle in his eye! And snatching his barp, the wild breeze as
make way," the character of John and it pass'do
Charles Wesley is approaching: Thrill'd o'er the tremolous wire,
“ Ye valgar, at your peril give it room." Till o'er it bis fingers he hastily cast, * And awaken'd its slambering fire :
Happy it is for those who can take the The mother of smiles and of rosy delight friendly warning, get out of the road, Hung o'er her favourite child, And bless'd, while she wreath'd bis forehead
and secure a retreat; but should any of white,
unfortunate straggler remain to obHis numbers impassion'd and wild ;
struct the march of the procession, And stealing around him with silent joy, the herald is immediately metamorThe Graces applauded the glowing boy." phosed into a hatchet-man, and those .
. . p.5 and 6. who escape with nothing worse than A word at parting with Mr. Power.
wounds and bruises, may congratulate Let him thrust aside that merry little
themselves in not having received old wine-bibber, Anacreon, to whom
broken legs and arms, it appears he is inordinately attached, " Or half their limbs in battle lopp'd away.” and apply himself heartily to the works | of Virgil and Homer : (verb. sapienti.)
It is easy to conceive why a biographer, when the character he deli
neates is lame, should resort to such Review.--The Life of the Rev. John
expedients, for, to one of his descripWesley, A. M. the Life of the Rev.
tion, a crutch may prove serviceable; Charles Wesley, A. M. and Memoirs
but that of John and Charles Wesley of their Family. By the Rev. Henry
being strong, hale, and vigorous, disMoore. In two vols. 8vo. Vol. II.
dains to be indebted to any artificial pp. 578. London. Kershaw. 1825.
aid. In the Italian states, the chair
of infallibility may be occupied withIn the sixth volume of the Imperial | out giving any offence; but on this Magazine, col. 945, the former volume side the water, every attempt to proof this work passed under our review, vide it with an occupant will be view. accompanied with intimations that an-ed with jealousy, and even the purest other would soon succeed ; and we friendship, when engaged in such emhave now to announce that our ex-ployment, will be suspected of favourpectations have been realized. Mr. I ing the cause of idolatry.
Review.-A Whisper to a Newly-Married Pair.
Among the biographers of the two , fellow-creatures, and to promote the Wesleys which have bitherto appear- glory of God. In the whole mass of ed, no one has possessed capabilities Christian biography, we look in vain superior to Mr. Moore, and it is but for one that shone with more uncloudjustice to add, that no one has em- ed brightness, and wbose labours have ployed them to more beneficial pur- / been attended with more ample sucposes. Being long and intimately cess. His name will be remembered acquainted with the venerable founder with solemn honour, until piety, zeal, of Methodism, he had for a series of and usefulness, shall cease to be viryears an opportunity of watching all tues, and, identified with pure religion, his movements, of developing his mo- it will be more extensively known, as tives, of entering into his plans, and vital Christianity shall encircle the of perceiving the immediate effects of globe. their operation, the ultimate issues of The summary of his character, in which, eternity only can unfold. In the concluding cbapter of this work, all these, so far as they are open to is given in a masterly manner. In observation, the leadings of an over- this epitome, the sacred rays that irruling providence appear every where radiated his life, are so concentrated, conspicuous. This is a point which that they blaze upon us with awful the author has invariably kept in view, splendour, and many Christians of so that while the reader of his volumes high repute, on comparing their diliis led to honour the instrumentality of gence and usefulness with his, may Mr. Wesley, he is compelled to give sicken at the disparity, and turn from gratitude and glory to God.
the contrast with a sigh. Mr. Moore The work now under consideration has done ample justice to his friend, is not less entertaining than it is in- and that friend was richly deserving structive; the author having enliven- of all the honours which justice ed his narration by numerous facts, has awarded, and friendship has beanecdotes, and incidents, which were stowed. previously but little known, and in their detached form but little regarded. Several of these are restored to
Review.-A Whisper to a Newlytheir former connexions, and they Married Pair from a Widowed Wife. acquire an additional importance from 12mo. pp. 144. London. Scatcherd. the association. Neither is this work and Co. 1824. altogether destitute of originality. The writer's whisper, in this book, is Many letters are introduced that had divided into two parts, one of which not previously appeared ; a few ex- is addressed to the husband, and the quisite poetic effusions are now, for other to the wife. The former is comthe first time, presented to the reader, prised in nine short chapters, and the and new connexions are given to con- latter in ten. The work contains noversations and transactions with which thing profound, but it affords internal he is already familiar. Of the more evidence that the authoress was a permanent materials which form this close observer of human nature. She work, a considerable portion has been has seized on facts, and reasoned from taken from Mr. Wesley's journal, them, without attempting to explore which is one of the most entertaining their principles; and both in the male compositions in the whole compass of and female department of the married the English language. To these, the state, she has contrived to biographer has added every thing
“Catch the manners living as they rise.” valuable which he has been able to select from the works of his contem of domestic happiness and connuporaries and predecessors, and from bial infelicity, many obvious causas the unpublished documents that time are pointed out, which require only to has thrown into his bands.
be understood, to be acknowledged. On looking over the life of Mr. It will readily be allowed that they Wesley, we cannot but admire that seem in themselves trilling and in. unwearied industry which marked his significant ; but who does not know, long and useful career, and venerate that trifles become important when that undissembled and ardent piety they lead to serious results; and, in which led him to devote his time and the majority of instances, that family talents exclusively to the good of his disturbances originate in things of
comparatively no moment? Against | ease. Encourage it to stretch out its limbs, these inlets of overwhelming torrents, and to creep aboat: it promotes strength and
activity. Rub it morning and night all over the writer recommends both parties to win
with the band : it promotes circulation. Never be constantly on their guard; and awaken an infant out of sleep by rough means : strongly inculcates an attention to it may prodace fits. Avoid the use of tight those little nameless offices of friend-bandages, particularly round the body. Avoid ship, which will feed the sacred fire l quack medicines and old women's nostrums. of matrimonial bliss, when things of
Tá case of illness, at once call in medical aid,
Avoid feeding infants in the night: it produces superior magnitude cease to be effica
griping. And beware at any time of overcious.
leeding. Avoid warm parseries and close air: In a review of this publication, wbich admit a current of air through the room every fell under our notice some time since. I day that will allow it. Avoid carrying cbilthe writer was accused of attempting
indren on the same arm: it makes thein crooked,
Never provoke violent laughing, nor disregard to give an undue exaltation to the violent crying : it weakens their little frame. female character, if not to place the Ir the child be weakly, give it a small cup of reins of connubial government almost cbicken broth or beaf-tea daily. And put on exclusively in her hands. On this a flannel sbirt in the day, but not at night : it point we have kept a steady eye wbile
promotes perspiration. After the first year,
animal food may be given twice a week. If a perusing its pages; but justice com- child lately weaned should pine away, or con pels as to declare, that we have been tract. any disease, by all means gire it the unable to discover any rationalfounda breast again. Encourage it to walk and creep tion for the charge. The duties of about as soon as it shews any wish to do so. qach sex are pointed out with fairness
Time enough at six or seven months old 10
put on shoes: and to make it hardy, let its and impartiality; and, except in the
petticoats be very short, and its arms and sight of those lords of creation who bosom be exposed to the air. Let it sleep in wish to establish a domestic des the middle of the day till it is three years old; potism, and who can discover in the put it to bed at seven o'clock, and let it rise female character nothing beyond what
early, Plunge it every morning into cold water, administers to their own gratification,
| beginning in warm weather, and continue it
ation, every season after. If the child should be reason must be allowed to hold the delicate, let the chill of the water be slightly balance, when either scale prepon- taken off by adding a little warm water to it,
until the cbild gets hardy. Be particolar in We have no design, in making these
the choice of the servant who attends your remarks, to hold up this publication
| baby; and, if possible, let some one of the
family accompany ber when she takes it 10 as a standard of infallibility. On the walk. To rest her arms, sbe will often, most contrary, some positions have appear- | injuriously, place it on the damp ground, or gó ed, to wbich we should yield our assent into a house infected perlaps with booping. with hesitation, particularly. as in cough, small-pox, or some infantine disease:
| and ihen, instead of the benefit of air and exerpage 77, where deception is half re
autem cise, the poor baby is kept sitting in ber lap, commended, and, in 78, wbere artifice while she, perhaps, gabbles away anecdotes of is solicited to lend its assistance. But the family sbe lives witb. In a fit, loosen the while we have found some things to child's clothes, raise the head, place it near censure we have discovered much / an open window, sprinkle the face with cold more to command our approbation; tickle the nostrils and inside of the ear with a
water, rub it all over with your warm hand, and were the bints given by the writer feather. Let it be moved as little as possible; to be adopted in any tolerable degree, put it in a warm bath, or keep a succession of we can have no doubt, that the sum of warm flannel round it. To an infant gire five domestic discord would be greatly
drops of bartshorn in a little water; to a child diminished.
of two years old you may give ten; but give On the treatment of children, the its breath.”-p. 122 io 124.
it with caution, to prevent it going against following rules are deserving univer It is admitted by the writer, that sal publicity; and we give them the | the preceding passage is not her own. more readily, as they refer to an im The rules have been taken from the portant subject, on which many nurses Universal Dispensary for Children, and mothers want information. and strongly recommended by the
“Proper norsing tends to preserve the ku- / physician of our late venerable Queen znan species. The mother's breast is the in- Charlotte. But independently of fant's birthright. Feed an infant in an op- their intrinsic excellence, the selecright postare: it gives uniform distention to tion shews a discriminating indement the stomach. Expose it early to the air : it keeps it from cold. Place it, while asleep, on
in the fair authoress, and their imits right side ; it obviates indigestion. Attend portance increases the value of her to its cries: it never orieś when well and at ! book.
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Review.- Observations and Reflections |
such the gross darkness which reigns over the
peasantry of Ireland. on Various Subjects, Moral and Re “An example in point will tend to confirm ligious. By a Youth. 12mo. pp. 144. what I have advanced. A sick Irish reaper London. Simpkin & Marshall. 1824. came to me for medical assistance; after I had
prepared and presented him with what was The subjects of these observations necessary, I asked, and reflections are eleven in number: “ When were you last in Ireland ? viz. An Evening at the Abbey; The
“ Three months since. Missionary ; Reflections on a Visit to
« Of wbat religion are you?
“ A Roman Catbolic.' St. Paul's; Thoughts on War; Re
“ What do your priests teach you ? marks on the Treatment of Children;
“ That I must pray to the Holy Virgin Thoughts during a Ride on a Sabbath; | Mary to intercede with Christ on my beball. - The Irish Reaper; Hope ; The Jews;
"Would it not be better to pray to Christ Reflections on beholding the Sea be
“He would not hear me; he is too holy tween Dover and Calais; and Thoughts
and pure, and too much engaged to attend to on beholding London from Highgate me. Archway.
“ How do you know be will hear the Vir. In a short preface we are informed, I gin Mary's prayer in your behalf ? that this book is the production of a
“ The priest says he does; besides, the youth in a medical department, during | I pay him for it, and promises to repeat so
priest himself absolves me from my sin when those intervals which the duties of his many Avemarias and Paternosters. station allow. The employment is “Wben were you last absolved ? certainly highly commendable; and
| "Three months ago; but I have three if many others in -similar situations
months' longer indulgence.
• What! are you absolved beforeland ? were to follow the same example,
“Yes; I said so many prayers, and the priest their conduct would not be without received so much for to do it. its influence on various classes of “ Is there any barm in killing heretics ? society.
“No; for it will lessen the number of the But while the motive merits our
enemies of the church, and we shall be better
off for it in paradise, for being so zealous for approbation, we are at a loss to dis
the church. cover much originality of thought or “ Did you ever read your Bible? depth of research. Imagination has “No; our priests won't allow us. had its share in the formation of se
«Then how do you know what he tells you veral scenes that are presented to our
to be true ?
“Because the Bible is true ; and he tells as view, and the observations to which
what is in it. they have given birth, are such as have " What is the reason he will not let you often been presented to the public. read it? The most interesting article occurs in “Because we cannot understand it; only the the Irish Reaper. The dialogue ap
| learned understand it. pears to have been founded on fact,
| “So then, if your priest were to tell you the
greatest absurdity, you would believe him, if and we cannot but lament, that so be said it was in the Bible ? much ignorance should prevail in a “Yes; I have no judgment in it. soil capable of better produce. Of "How do you expect to go to heaven ? this ignorance, and the dominion of
“ I shall pay so much to the priest to pray priestcraft, the reader will be able to
me out of purgatory into paradise, and shall
take two-pence with me to pay my passage judge from the following quotations. Twith.
“Though nothing is plainer than the re- “My spiritcould bardly contain itself at thas vealed will of God; yet nothing is more evi. finding an immortal creatore, living in a Chrisdent than the direct opposition of this infallible tian land, so lost in ignorance, superstition, church to it! The scriptures say, "Thou wickedness, and lies; sunk so low as to place sbalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only | his belief in such fooleries and perfect non. shalt thou serve:'--the popish priests say to sense.--I said, their people, Thou shalt worship Peter, the “ But do you not know, that when you die, Holy Virgin, and saints without number.' The your soul, which is a spirit, will leave this word of God says, Thou shalt neither steal, body : how they can it carry with it any thing nor murder, nor commit fornication and adul. | to pay its passage into another world? tery. But the holy Mother church grants in "I don't know, said he, but the priests say dolgences for “thetis, drunkenness, and mur-so; but you are a heretic, you cannot underder;' and her infallible popes and priests them stand. selves bave even set the example in fornication “ Having said this, be turned away, greatly and adultery.
offended at my question, notwithstanding I had “With money you may purchase the indal- just conferred upon him no small obligation. gence of any sin. Give ihem money, and they When he was gone, I could not belp lifting up will pretend even to deliver from hell itself. my heart, and praying, that God would in Such is tbeir faith; such are their delusions; his mercy enlighten this benighted reaper's