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proach to the isle of Arran, which excels in brilliancy of colour, ing and softness of finishing.

“ Thither their destined course they drew;
It seem'd the isle her monarch knew,
So brilliant was the landward view,

The ocean so serene;
Each puny wave in diamonds roll'd
O'er the calm deep, where hues of gold

With azure strove and green.
The hill, the vale, the tree, the tower,
Glow'd with the tints of evening's hour,

The beach was silver sheen,
The wind breathed soft as lover's sigh,
And, oft renew'd, seem'd oft to die,

With breathless pause between.
O who, with speech of war and woes,
Would wish to break the soft repose

Of such enchanting scene!" (P. 145, 146.) Among the landscapes we will only select one, which possesses all the horrific grandeur and aweful sublimity of which inanimale nature is capable. When the king first sees the barren ridge of Coolin and the black lake of Corriskin, he exclaims,

“ A scene so rude, so wild as this,
Yet so sublime in barrenness,
Ne'er did my wandering footsteps press,

Where'er I happ'd to roam."-
No marvel thus the Monarch spake;
For rarely human eye has known
A scene so stern as that dread lake,

With its dark ledge of barren'stone.
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--here,-above, around, below,
On mountain or in glen,
Nor tree, nor shrub, nor plant, nor flower,
Nor aught of vegetative power,

The weary eye may ken.
For all its rocks at random thrown,
Black waves, bare crags, and banks of stone,

As if were here denied
The summer sun, the spring's sweet dew,
That clothe with many a varied hue

The bleakest mountain-side.
And wilder, forward as they wound,
Were the proud cliffs and lake profound,
Huge terraces of granite black
Afforded rude and cumber'd track;

For from the mountain hoar,
Hurl'd headlong in some night of fear,

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When yelld the wolf and fled the deer,

Loose crags had toppled o'er;'
And some, chance-poised and balanced, lay,
So that a stripling arm might sway

A mass no host could raise,
In Nature's ráge åt random thrown,
Yet trembling like the Druid's stone

On its precarious base.
The evening mists, with ceaseless change,
Now clothed the mountains' lofty range,

Now left their foreheads bare,
And round the skirts their mantle furl'd,
Or on the sable waters curld,
Or, on the eddying breezes whirld,

Dispersed in middle air.
And oft, condensed, at once they lower,
When, brief and fierce, the mountain shower

Pours like a torrent down,
And when return the sun's glad beams,
Whiten'd with foam a thousand streams

Leap from the mountain's crown." (P.98—101.) The scenes in which the habits and manners of the chivalrous age are pourtrayed are so extensive, and are so peculiarly adapted to the respective places which have been appropriated to them, that they scarcely admit of removal without injury. Nearly the whole of the 2d Canto is full of them. The feast, the introduction of the king, the fray, and the inspiration of the abbot, possess very considerable merit.

It has been a very prevalent opinion that Mr. Scott has evinced less ability in drawing and developing character,' than in any other part of his art ; but this opinion we cannot think well founded, though we must acknowledge he sometimes appears to suppose that the charge of having "no character at all," which has been calumniously advanced against the generality of one sex, might be extended to a few of the other, who bear no inconsider able rank in his own poems. What his powers are in this department, when he chooses to exert them, we hope will be shown by the extracts which immediately follow. What constitutes the more obvious part of Bruce's portrait?.

“ It is the form, the eye, the word,
The bearing of that stranger Lord;
His stature, manly, bold, and tall,
Built like a castle's battled wall,
Yet moulded in such just degrees,
His giant-strength seems lightsome ease.
Close as the tendrils of the vine
His lockş upon his forehead twine,

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Jet-black, save where some touch of grey
Has ta'en the youthful hue away.
Weather and war their rougher trace
Have left on that majestic face;-
But 'tis his dignity of eye!
There, if a suppliant, would I fly,
Secure, 'mid danger, wrongs, and grief,
Of sympathy, redress, relief-
That glance, if guilty, would I dread

More than the doorn that spoke me dead !" (P. 158.) To this exterior fully correspond the qualities of the mind. With what manly courtesy personal disputes were conducted by knights of high character, the challenge which passes from de Argentine to Bruce is a fine specimen.

“ Courteous, but stern, a bold request
To Bruce de Argentine express'd.
Lord Earl,' he said, — I cannot chuse
But yield such title to the Bruce,
Though name and earldom both are gone,
Since he braced rebel's armour on-
But, Earl of Serf-rude phrase was thine
Of late, and launch'd at Argentine;
Such as compels me to demand
Redress of honour at thy hand.
We need not to each other tell,
That both can wield their weapons well;
Then do me but the soldier

grace,
This glove upon thy helm to place

Where we may meet in figlat;
And I will say, as still I've said,
Though by ambition far misled,

Thou art a noble knight.'
* And I,' the princely Bruce replied,
· Might term it stain on knighthood's pride,

That the bright sword of Argentine
Should in a tyrant's quarrel shine;

But, for your brave request,
T!

Be sure the honour'd pledge you gave
In every battle-field shall wave

Upon my helmet-crest;
Believe, that if my hasty tongue
Hath done thine honour causeless wrong,

It shall be well redressid,
Not dearer to my soul was glove,
Bestow'd in youth by lady's love,

Than this which thou hast given !
Thus, then, my noble foe I greet;
Health and high fortune till we meet,

And then what pleases Heaven.'" (P.87–89.)

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The courteous mien, the noble race,
The stainless faith, the manly face!
Bid Ninjan's convent light their shrine,
For late-wake of de Argentine.
O'er better knight on death-bier laid,

Torch never gleam'd nor mass was said !" (P. 268—270.) It must, however, be acknowledged that extracts can afford but a very inadequate notion of the general merit of any wellconstructed poem, where the harmony and proportion of the respective parts mutually relieve and support each other : the figures detached from the friezę can show the workmanship of the artist, but not the genius of his composition. On this account we made our last citation with some degree of reluctance, for good as it is apart by itself, yet it has a ten-fold value when casting its tender shade over a portion of one of the most brilliant and varied battle pieces which is, perhaps, to be found in the whole range of poetry; where the truth of history is brought out in its boldest and finest forms by the aid of the most skilful contrasts, natural and moral. · For similar reasons we have forborne to dislocate the compact mass of the 2d Canto, a Canto written under the happiest inspiration of poetry, and equally distinguished for boldness of conception, vigour of judgment, and accuracy of delineation. Of the versification sufficient examples have been selected to enable our readers to form an opinion of its general harmony;, which general harmony, however, is not without a tolerably copious sprinkling of discords. Master as Mr. Scott is of versification, and easy as he finds the manage ment of the most complicated stanza to be, we are somewhat chagrined at his frequent change of metre, which draws off the attention too much from the subject to its mere vehicle. We believe that many readers of the Lord of the Isles have been so much puzzled with these variations, that, diverted from the career of the poem, they have completely lost themselves in connecting and reconciling the rhythm and the rhymes.

Little remains to be added respecting the general character of the poem, for we have before considered the story and its principal personages, and if there be some deficiency in these which may be fairly blamed, still the meed of praise will remain suficiently large to gratify the ambition of any literary chief, who does not claim the attribute of never doing wrong. Allowing that the first Canto is broken into too many parts, and that the third, by the too frequent interruption of the narrative, creates some impatience, yet these faults find nearly an apology in the descriptions by which they are occasioned-descriptions which are not only boldly sketched, but correctly finished, and whose horrors are aggravated by beings more terrific than the shivered crags among which they are found. With these abatements we bave nearly all that we could wish.' A chivalrous spirit, which rises far above the grovelling passions, curbing the violence of hatred and revenge amidst all the provocations of civil feuds and irregular warfare, diffuses an air of magnanimity over the whole poem, and gives it a brilliant expression of moral beauty. In genuine poetry, though not in interest, the Lord of the Isles is superior to all Mr. Scott's preceding poems; anrl it possesses that quality, in which modern poetry is for the most part lamentably deficient, the dignity of usefulness.

Art. VI. A brief Account of the Jesuits, with historical

Proofs in Support of it, tending to establish the Danger of the Revival of that Order to the World at large, and to the United Kingdom in particular. 8vo. pp. 64. London. Rivingtons, Hatchard, &c. Kings had began very quietly to die in their beds; combustibles had ceased to be discovered in the cellars of parliament-houses; no heathen convert had for a long time been murdered, to prevent his relapse; no protestant throne had been declared vacant with the king upon it; no Christian missionary had essayed to identify the family of Christ with that of Brama; no additional volume of Secreta Monita' had been dragged to the light of day; plots and intrigues had almost ceased to break the monotony of courts : in short, the world was rapidly subsiding into a state of religious tranquillity very unfavourable to genius and reform, when the good and wise hyperborean emperor, Paul, in the year 1801, decreed the restoration of the order of Jesuits. His il lustrious example was followed in Sardinia by King Ferdinand, in 1804. And the present Pope, scorning to be outdone by any secular body, in his zeal for the real welfare of mankind, issued, in August 1814, a bull, re-establishing, by infallible authority, this much injured and much longed for society. It may be well to examine the reasons which the head of the Catholic Church assigns for so important' an act. And for these we refer our readers to the very reasonable and satisfactory pamphlet' before us. The Bull first states it to be the duty of the Pope to employ all his power " to supply the spiritual wants of the Catholic , and then adds, that he should " deem himself guilty of a great erime towards God, if, amidst the dangers of the Christian republics -he should neglect to employ the aids which the special providence of God had put in his power, and if, placed in the bark of St. Peter and tossed by continual storms, he should refuse to employ the vigorous and experienced rowers who volunteer their

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