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Chequered Life of Man.
Is to the ear of Faith; and there are times, lumes are not seen on every table,
they are seen on the tables of those Of ebb and flow, and ever during power;
who are allowed to be the choicest And central peace, subsisting at the beart
spirits of the age, and the approbation of endless agitation. Here you stand, of one man of genius is worth the Adore and worship, when you know it not; applause of a whole multitude of inPious beyond the intention of your thought; feriors. The proper estimate of a Devout above the meaning of your will.
work, is not, how much is it read, but
by whom is it read; and it is not a Neither has he been wanting in just criterion of the worth of any loftier subjects. Mr. Wordsworth 'man's powers, that his name should has passed over the field of Waterloo, be blown into every corner of the and so has Lord Byron—but in what earth by the four winds of heaven. do they differ? The former has given Had, however, Mr. Wordsworth been to the world, in his Thanksgiving Odes, that ordinary versifier which some a train of thought the most sublime- declare he is, he would not bave mainthe latter has looked upon that Gol- tained his name in public opinion so gotha of his fallen countrymen, and long, much less would be have been ever sneered at the conquest. It would be rising in it; and as to the egotism so impossible to offer any adequate idea loudly complained of, there is not of Mr. Wordsworth’s odes; we will half the quantity to be found in all he however give one of his sonnets, writ- has ever written, as there is in the ten upon the same occassion.
single production of Childe Harold. The Bard, whose soul is meek as dawning day, With regard to Childe Harold, altho' Yet train'd to judgments righteously severe; it is imbued with the intensest pasFervid, yet conversant with holy fear, sion, and displays the noblest genius, As recognizing one almighty sway: He whose experienced eye can pierce th' array yet there is that inherent in its nature Of past events,-to whom in vision clear,
which will be its destruction; and The aspiring heads of future things appear,
Lord Byron, with all his genius, and Like mountain tops whence mists have rolled with all his power, is only like the away:
fabled phoenix bird of the east, kindAssoiled from all incumbrance of our time,
ling the flame that will consume bim. He only, if such breathe, in strains devout Sball comprehend this victory sublime ;
Men do not love to dwell long on those And worthily rehearse the hideous rout, cheerless pictures--those gloomy wanWhich the blest angels, from their peacefulderings of feeling in which that poem clime
abounds; and it is for this sole reaBeholding, welcomed with a choral shout.
son, that the name of Byron is losing Surely there is no one but must per-ground, and must still continue to do ceive great power in this sonnet. It so. When the fever of excitement is will be a lasting stain upon the name past, and the reign of misanthropy of Byron, that he should have trodden over, then will poetry like that of over the ground whereon his country- Wordsworth’s become universally men fought their greatest battle, and read; and instead of our being satisachieved their noblest conquest, and fied with those writings which tell us address them as he has done. Did he that man is a villain, and this “ bright breathe a word in his country's cause? | and breathing world” a wilderness, we Did he exert his genius in her behalf? sball turn with delight to the imaginaDid he celebrate her triumphs? No: tion of him which “ lives in the rainRome was in flames, and Nero sat bow, and plays among the plighted playing on his harp.
G. M. There is not any living poet who has Bridge-street, Derby. rested so much upon the bare strength of his own powers, as Mr. Wordsworth ; and that man is only to be pitied who can read many of his son- Life is not entirely made up of great nets, the ode on the Intimations of evils, or heavy trials, but the perpeImmortality, and above all, that no- tual recurrence of petty evils and blest philosophical poem which this small trials, is the ordinary and apage has produced, the Excursion, and pointed exercise of the Christian represent their author as an object fit graces. for scorn to point its “ slow unmoving To bear with the infirmities of those finger at.” If Mr. Wordsworth’s vo- about us, with their failings, their bad No. 29.-Vol. III.
THE CHEQUERED LIFE OF MAN.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE IMPERIAL
judgments, their ill breeding, their truths, growing in any man's mind, perverse tempers; to endure neglect, become a public benefit? And has where we feel we have deserved at- not society a right to exclaim against tention, and ingratitude where we the idle drone, who contributes no expected thanks; to bear with the thing to the common stock? Is not company of disagreeable people, the applause of successive generawhom Providence has placed in our tions well bestowed upon such as eleway, and whom perhaps he has pro-vate Mind, and bring a more than vided on purpose for the trial of our common quantity into general use? virtue, these are the best exercises, “ Has a man any family connecand the better, because not chosen tion? does be belong to any body, or by ourselves. To bear with vexa- does any body belong to bim? let tions in our business, with disap- every one recollect, and he will find in pointments in our expectations, with his immediate parents, or his remoter interruptions to our retirement, with ancestry, some name to be supportfolly, intrusion, disturbance, in short, ed, some talent to excite emulation, with whatever opposes our will, or some progress made in science, art, contradicts our humour; this habitual or usefulness, wbich should stimulate acquiescence appears to be more of him to push forward in a career so the essence of self-denial, than any glorious, so important. Brothers inlittle rigours or inflictions of our own vite, and sisters urge the youth, whose impressing.
happiness it is to own titles so dear, so infuential. Let there be no one of the little circle deficient, no one
stone in the concentric arch untrue to MAGAZINE.
its proper station : be able to incet Sir,- The following excellent obser- their eyes without the conscious blash vations, are from the pen of the cele- of indolence, or the hardened stare, brated Isaac Taylor“ and although which custom in shameful but unthey are not a direct answer to the shaming backwardness, is apt to asQuery, (col. 374,)“ What are the best sume. Be one of us; an honour to methods to be adopted, in order to in the family, to the name already brightduce a person who has leisure to give ening in the records of useful and his attention to Study and Learning?” honourable fame. yet they bear so much on the ques
“ He who gives to every one the tion, and seem so very applicable to talents he possesses, will expect them the design of the Querist, that, if ad- to be put to their proper uses; well mitted into your very popular and knowing that much increase may be useful work, as a kind of addenda” thus obtained. The man who is conto a regular answer, or as a rear tent merely to vegetate, who has guard, after the first rank, I augur powers of life given bim; content ihey will be beneficial and accept-just to exist, when he might grow, and able to the Querist, and the gene- rise, and shine, be useful, be honourrality of your readers.
able ; surely such a man, if man be I am, Mr. Editor, your's, &c. deserves to be called, will be found
A. B, C. an unprofitable servant, will be adS-n, Cleveland, Yorkshire.
judged to have hid his talent in a
napkin, and wasted his master's “ The public cry out, and justly, of goods. He, on the contrary, who has the millions of acres suffered to lie uscd his various powers honourably, waste, which are capable of consi- as he certainly will gain other talents, derable and annually increasing pro- two, or five, or ten; will have that best duce, It is a debt due to society to of all commendation,-Well done, bring them into cultivation. It has enter thou into joy. obtained as an axiom, that he who “ When the mind begins to try its causes an ear of corn to grow, where own powers, the exertion will repay none ever grew before, is a public itself, by the pleasure it affords. "TO benefactor. Has not society an equal find a purse on the road, yields not claim, a much more important right, more gratification to the sordid, than to call on every man not to let his the finding out truth (especially if on mental powers lie waste? Will not a some new view of it) gives to the inrich harvest of ideas, principles, and I quisitive mind. To be in the conti
Anecdote.-Remarks on the Pastoral Poets of Italy.
ON THE PASTORAL POETS
nual habit of such gratifications, is | farmer, who felt conscious of having to make life pleasant indeed. Trea- frequently indulged himself with a sure found as before supposed, may nap during the Doctor's sermon. be lost again; but knowledge once obtained can never be stolen away. It remains; and the joy of finding, when
OF ITALY: AND MR, LEIGH HUNT'S settled into satisfaction of possessing,
TRANSLATION OF TASSo's AMINTA, continues to yield out its beneficial influence without failing.
“ Mira cio che sa fare anco ne' petti “ If a man pass all his days doz
Più semplici e più molli, amore industre." ing upon a bed, or lounging on a sofa,
GUARINI. we can scarcely repress the smile of The reed, though not the loudest, or contempt at limbs so useless; espe- the most celebrated, of musical instrucially, if by nature they are strong or ments, is at lcast the oldest and most beautiful. But if mind be thus indo simple. Its music was, perhaps, the lent, if its active powers sink into le- first to win the ear of love, to express thargy, if it be not roused to action; the charms of external pature, or the the soul of an oyster might do as well peace and love of patriarchal or wanfor such a man. An intellectual spirit dering tribes, during the golden and is lost, unless its activities are employ- Arcadian days. If we may be pered; and that upon something noble, mitted to speak allegorically, its music useful, and worthy its high dignity. is also most like that of nature,-and
“ The husbandman glows with joy we might imagine that its sad and as be sees the plantations spring, as lonely voice heard whispering in the he finds the toil bestowed is now likely whistling winds, from its wild and to be rewarded. He knows his honest solitary bed, first inspired some poetic fame will be sure : he will be well dis- spirit with the desire of giving a voice tinguished from the sluggard at the to the genuine impulses of song. first glance, and honoured accord- The shepherd on the mountain, ingly. Every man owes this duty to the huntsman in the forest, and the himself. To neglect his mind, is a angler over the stream, were in the crime of no small magnitude, a sort of earliest periods of society sensible of felo de se, deep indeed in guilt, be- the charm which it shed over their cause destructive, not to his body wayward and solitary life. In all merely, but to his nobler powers; to ages, and in every nation, it is the his better self; to that intellectual earliest, the most spontaneous, and spirit, which denominates him Man.” the most delightful, of all poetry: for
it combines the description of nature,
with that of the most beautiful of the ANECDOTE OF DR PALEY.
human passions-love. It is thereDR. Paley having naturally a weak fore as universal as nature herself, voice, submitted to the Church wardens and as old as the world we live in. of Dalton, near Carlisle, (of which The Icelander borne on his sledge place he was vicar,) the propriety of over unvaried tracts of snow-the having a sounding board put over bis Arab in bis sandy desert, and the pulpit. While the matter was dis- wild Indian in bis mighty forests, as cussing in the vestry, “Oh!" said a well as the milder ofl'spring of souththrifty farmer, “if the Doctor wouldern climes, are all equal sharers in but speak as loud in the pulpit as he its universal influence-the poets of does at christening and tithe days, nature singing their wild and untufaith, I think there would be no occa- tored strains of love or warfare, of dosion to put the parish to the expense mestic and rural joys. of a sounding box.” The Doctor, Among the people of the south and with his characteristic mildness, re- the west, this earliest species of poetry torted, “ Friend, you are mistaken; assumed a richer and more luxurious you hear much better out of church character, partaking of the sweetness ihan in it. When a man's worldly in- and beauty of the climate in which it terest is conc ned, he is so sharp- sprung, inspiring feelings highly faeared, that he can hear even in a whis-vourable to the development of geper, but the preacher needs even the nius, and refinement of the intellecvoice of John the Baptist, to rouse the tual powers. Thus the Greeks and sleepers." This silenced the satirical Italians are no less celebrated for the
Remarks on the Pastoral Poets of Italy.
magic of their pencil, than of their that Mr. L. H. would lose nothing in voice; and we perceive that poetry point of solidity, and strength of and painting never flourished with hand, were he to cultivate the acsuch consummate triumph of mind, as quaintance of Homer. in the two aras-of their rise in He would then find, that not even Greece, and of their revival in Italy. the Romans originated any new speThe difference between the two na- cies of poetry, but that there once tions is—that the Greeks invented, lived before them sach men as Theoand the Italians for the most part critus, Bion, Archilochus, and Meimitated, these arts. And the latter nander, from whom Virgil, Ennius, do not, as Mr. L. H. erroneously sup- Horace, and Terence, drew those poses in his preface, lay claim, ainong pure streams of classic song, which, their other inventions, to the merit of though long stagnant, again flowed even having created the pastoral to fertilize the soil of modern Italy. drama.
The Italians were indefatigable in the The Italians are an ingenious, but study of the Grecian poets: in the an imitative rather than an inven- form and body of their works, equally tive people ;--they amassed, but did as in the individual parts and single not create their wealth ;-- they are passages, they still made them their only the heirs of Greece and Rome, models. and their claim to immortality rests, Their chorus, the dialogue, and not in having in any species origi- the entire drama, is of Grecian origin. nated, but in having carried the Yet while this strict union between discoveries of the Greeks in every them well known to exist, Mr. H. branch of the fine arts, to an exqui- observes, that the Italians invented site degree of perfection. Not that the pastoral drama. We wish he we mean to assert, that the Greeks would only consult the Eclogaes of have an exclusive privilege to all in- Virgil, which are scenes and dialogues vention; if we cannot trace them so throughout, as well as most of those plainly, it is, perhaps, because we of the Greeks. We have excellent know none of those poets before them, translations of both. So far from the of whom they may have borrowed the Italian Pastoral being discovered, or materials of art. We are certain, for confined to the few poets Mr. H. imainstance, that many among the Greeks gines, if he will only consult Menage who came after Homer, borrowed in his observations on Tasso's Aminta, from his poems, and even he was ac- he will find that he counts no less cused of destroying the productions than fourscore pastoral plays in Itaof those who wrote before him, that lian, besides eclogues and piscatory his plagiarisms might not be detected. plays, by Sannazaro, Bonarelli, and As these, however, are not known, we many others. But a truce to Mr. H.'s must still look up to the Greeks as preface. the fathers of literature and art, though In some parts, we think Tasso's we are told of what they are said to Amintas inferior to the similar proowe to the Egyptians and the Chal- ductions_of Guarini and Bonarelli, deans.
though Tasso is more simple and Mr. Hunt's mistake is a very natu- easy in the thoughts, language, and ral one, and we merely mention it to the fable. The story of Pastor Fido set him right on a subject, in the dis- is more intricate, the composition cussion of which, he has advanced more laboured, but the dialogues are several original and beautiful remarks perhaps more noble and entertaining, in his preface to the Amintas. It though not so well suited for pastoral is the more excusable, as we believe as Tasso's. The Fille di Sciro, of BoMr. H. has not had the advantage narelli, is more interesting and surof an acquaintance with the old wri- prising, but, like the Spanish plays, ters; as this is an acquisition not too full of conceit. It is most proeasily obtained, except through the bable, that the design of all these medium of a classical education. was suggested by the Cyclops of Euri
Some men, however, have surmount- pides, as the poet Walsh has judied this difficulty, and become learned, ciously remarked. by the mere force of their own power
But we must now examine into the ful minds. Cato attempted Greek merits of the version before us. when he was sevenyy: and we believe [To be concluded in ur next.]
THE PORTRAIT.-By Oehlenschlager. | large room up stairs, whose walls are
quite covered with pictures of every Prederic and Lewis had long been description, but particularly with pormost intimate friends, and as they traits of saints and heroes. I amused were almost inseparable, they became myself for a considerable time with at the same time acquainted with looking at them, and I came at last to Laura, who esteemed them both, but one whose face was turned towards could only love one. Lewis was the the wall; I placed it in the proper happy man, and Frederic might per- manner, nd found it to be the porhaps have reasoned himself into re-trait of a very handsome young man signation, had he not unfortunately in modern attire. In order to judge a met with one of those bravos, who little better of the artist's skill, i fancy they show their own courage by walked a few yards backwards, and it making others act with spirit, as they then appeared to me as if I met with are pleased to call it.
Such a one the most horrible glance which could had of late been courting an intimacy possibly be expressed by a human with the irritated young man, and eye; and the more I looked, the more under existing circumstances he found I felt affected and terrified, so much no great difficulty in making him be- so, that I at last actually resolved to lieve, that insult had been added to hide it again from my view. perfidy, and that, according to the proaching, I found it however less laws of honour, nothing but blood frightful, and easily persuaded mycould wash off the stain; he worked self, that the effect proceeded only in this manner on the passions of his from my imagination. I began then victim, until he obtained at last a quietly to undress; when, just at the challenge. The fortunate lover saw moment I intended to lie down, and these things of course in a very diffe- to extinguish the candle, the portrait rent light; and his present frame of caught my sight once more, and seemmind, as well as the remembrance of ed to threaten me with the most furiformer times, made him equally loth ous expression of revenge. My heart to draw his sword: but he too was beat audibly, as if I had committed a soon surrounded by pretended friends, crime. I could not account for my who made it their business to set him feelings, and 'yet I was unable to bear on, and he was urged to fight against them; in short, to my shame be it his inclination. Frederic fell; the spoken, my mind was so agitated, that blood gushed violently out of a deep I could not recover the proper use of wound, and Lewis hastened to his my senses, until I had removed the assistance; but his quondam friend picture out of the room, and had had only just strength enough to give bolted the door behind it. When the him a look of the most heart-rending waiter came in the morning to bring reproach, and, after a few convulsive me my breakfast, he laughed heartily motions, he was to all appearance a at my fright, but told me also, to my lifeless corpse: the bystanders pat comfort, that I was not the first to the victor on the horse which bad been whom something of the kind had hapkept in readiness, and he disappeared pened, and that this was the very in an instant. In the mean time, the reason why I had found the wrong wounded man recovered, and being side of the picture exhibited. I quesmade sensible of the terrible state in tioned him as to the manner in which which his late antagonist must now his master bad come by it; but he find himself, he endeavoured to inform seemed to attach much importance to him, by all the means in his power, of the secret, as I could not get any his true condition.
thing out of him. Three years had however already Frederic, sitting in a dark corner of elapsed, since the catastrophe, when the room, had listened with great atFrederic, travelling at a considerable tention to this story, and, as he had distance from home, was struck one likewise to pass through the forest, he evening, with a gentleman's account made it a point to stop at the same to the landlord, of what had happened inn. He arrived there towards evento him during the preceding night. ing ; but what was his astonishment, He said, I put up at the lonely inn, when the man who opened the door which depends from the convent in became pale as death, on looking at the forest, and was shown into the his face, and dropping the candle,heran