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ceive that we have been doing some her little lay by beautifully saying of service to the cause of piety—and pomp and splendourpoetry-by thus attempting to widen

" Yet could they no more sound content. the sphere of their circulation. They

ment bring, seem to be fast going through editions Than star-light can make grass or flowers -the Christian Psalmist having reach

spring !” ed a fifth-nor is there any person of any persuasion—if he be a Christian And can, he asks, the very humble -who will not be the better of having stanzas of poor Anne Askew, made and such volumes often in his hands. sung in Newgate, while waiting for

Mr Montgomery's critical remarks, her crown of martyrdom, be read withit will have been seen, are often emis out emotions more deep and affecting, nently beautiful, and very profound. and far more powerful than poetry His common-places are always those could awaken on a subject of fictitiof a poet, whose genius is ever felt to

ous woe? be in subservience to his piety. The

“ Not oft I use to wryght simplest of his sentences has often the deepest meaning; and though he

In prose, nor yet in ryme;

Yet wyl I 'shewe one syght, sometimes loves to diffuse himself over

That I sawe in my tyme. a subject that is dear to him, he often says much in few words. There may to “ I sawe a royall throne, some--nay to many minds, be some- Where Iustyce shulde have sytte ; thing startling in his sentiments-ex. But in her steade was One pressed as they often are, with no de Of moody cruell wyute. ference to the authority of old opi. nions, or of new, come from what “ Absorpt was ryghtwysness, quarter they will; but there is never

As by the ragynge floude ; any thing-judging by our own feel.

'Sathan, in his excess ings on certain occasions when we

Sucte up the guiltlesse bloude. could not entirely sympathize with

“ Then thought I,-lesus, Lorde, them-never any thing repulsive; and When thou shalt judge us all, if there be any differences in his creed Harde is it to recorde from ours--so fervent and sincere is On these men what wyll fall. every word and every look of the man, (we speak of him, from his writings, “ Yet, Lorde, I Thee desyre, as if he were a personal friend

For that they doe to me, though we have never seen his thought

Let them not taste the hyre ful face but in a picture,) that we

Of their iniquytie.” trust these differences are neither many nor great-for we should suspect

In like manner, can any of the our own Christianity, were it not, Thomas More's, Sir Walter Raleigh's,

“ Prison Poems” in the volume-Sir in essentials, the Christianity, which, Sir Thomas Overbury's, Sir Francis in much noble verse, and much plea- Wortley's, George Wither's, John sant prose, has, for twenty years past and more too, been issuing from the Bunyan's--can any of them be read pure spirit of the Bard of Sheffield.

with ordinary sympathy, such as the There is a fine humanity in all his cris verses themselves, if written in other ticism. Thus, in alluding to the rough

circumstances, would have excited ? style and harsh metre of some ancient

“ Surely not; the situation of the unpoems-or verses rather, in the Chris- fortunate beings, who thus confessed on tian Psalmist to their forbidding as. or in the immediate prospect of eternity,

the rack of personal and mental torture, pect—he says that every piece has gives intense and overwhelming interest some peculiar merit and interest of its tolines, which have no extraordinary poe. own—and he asks, who would think tic fervour to recommend them. With his time misemployed in conning over what strange curiosity do we look even eleven dull lines by Anne Collins, for on animals

driven to the slaughter, which the sake of meeting, in the twelfth, we should have disregarded had we seen an original and brilliant emanation of them grazing in the field! Who can fancy? Anne Collins, in one of her turn away his eyes from a criminal led Divine Songs and Meditations (1653), to execution, yet who can fix them on in telling us that happiness is not to his amazed and bewildered countenance? be found in the creation, concludes The common place,' of the gallows,

his last dying speech and confession,' spare minutes they are peculiarly adapt. though consisting of a few hurried, bro- ed. They will not glide over a vacant ken words, which almost every felon mind, as sing-song verse is wont to do, repeats, and hardly understands their like quicksilver over a smooth table, in meaning himself while he utters them, glittering, minute, and unconnected glo. may produce feelings which all the bules, hastily vanishing away, or when breath of eloquence, from lips not about detained, not to be moulded into any fixed to be shut for ever, would fail to awa- shape. They will rather supply tasks and ken. But a good man struggling with themes for meditation; tasks, such as adversity, which even the heathen deem- the eagle sets her young when she is ed a spectacle worthy of the Gods to teaching them to fly; themes, such as contemplate with admiration, becomes are vouch safed to inspire poets, in their an oracle in his agony; and to know how happiest moods. Nor can the inexpert he looked, and spoke, and felt, for the reader be aware till he has tried, how last time, does literally elevate and pu. much the old language improves upon farify the soul by terror,--terror in which miliarity; and how the productions of the just so much compassion is mingled as old poets, like dried spices, give out their to identify him with ourselves in sensi. sweetness the more, the more they are bility to suffering, while we are identi- handled. The fine gold may have befied with him in exaltation of mind above come dim, and the fashion of the plate the infirmity of pain and the fear of may be antiquated, but the material is fine death. No eccentricity or perversity of gold still, and the workmanship as pertaste, manifested in literary effusions un- fect as it came from the tool of the artist; der such circumstances, can destroy the nor is it barbarous, except to eyes that force of nature, or render her voice un- cannot see it as it was intended to be intelligible in them, though speaking a seen, in connexion with the whole state strange language, provided it be the lan- of human society and human intellect at guage of the times, and not the affected the time. Changes have taken place, style of the individual, assumed to ex- within the last century, in the style of repress sentiments equally affected.” ligious poetry, which formerly was too

How much of the pleasure which much assimilated to the character of Sowe derive from poetry does indeed de- lomon's song, — portion of Scripture ofpend upon contingent circumstances,

ten paraphrased, and, it may be added, which confer on the writer or the sub- always unhappily. In judging of our ject a peculiar, local, personal, or lem

poets of the middle age, from Elizabeth porary interest and importance! Such the same allowances which we do natur

to James the II., we are bound to make interest and importance, says Mr Mont

ally, in reading the works of our divines gomery, belong to all the subjects of of the same period, who, with many exthis small volume,-for all the writers travagances, have left monuments of geare dead!

nius and piety in prose, unexcelled by “ These thoughts, then, of the depart- later theologians, in powerful argument, ed, expressed in their own words, and splendid eloquence, and learned illustrabrought to our ears in the very sounds tion. With such a preparation of mind, with which they uttered them, and affect the reader, sitting down to this volume, ing our hearts even more than they affect- will find every page improve to his taste, ed their own, by the consideration that in proportion as his taste improves, to they are no longer living voices, but relish what is most råre and exquisite in voices from beyond the tomb, from in- our language,—the union of poetry with visible beings, somewhere in existence, at piety, in the works of men distinguished, this moment, these thoughts, thus aw- in their generation, for eminence in the fully associated, will prove noble, strength- one or the other of these, and frequently ening, and instructive exercises of mind, for pre-eminence in both. It is, howfor us to read and to understand ; for the ever, greatly to be lamented, that the heapplication required to comprehend them terogeneous compositions of the most duly, will heighten the enjoyment of the popular of the Authors, even in the prepoetry when it is thus understood; the sent muster-roll, (with few exceptions,) obscurity and difficulty, not arising from cannot be indiscriminately recommended. the defects of the composition, but from Few, indeed, of the poets of our Christian the unacquaintedness of the reader with country, previous to the era of Cowper, the models in vogue, when the author have left such manuscripts of their waywrote. These specimens of 'pious verse' ward minds, as would be deemed altowill not be idle amusements for a few gether unexceptionable, even by men of spare minutes,—yet for the delight of the world, who had no particular rere

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INDEX TO VOLUME XXIV.

Affairs, on the present state of, 475. Eng. the Edinburgh Review combated, 14

lish policy as it was and as it is, ib. Casuistry of Dr Milner, 23-Mr Burke's
Foreign policy of Mr Canning, 476-in opinion, 23
regard to Greece, 477-policy in regard Court of Darkness, the, 481
to Ireland, 478

Cruelty to Animals, remarks on, 834
Allowa, The Goode Manne of, 561

Darkness, Court of, 481
Ambrosianæ, Noctes, No. xxxvii. 501- Dawson, Mr, remarks on his speech on

No. xxxviii.512-No.xxxix. 640_No. the state of Ireland, 412
xl. 677

Dead, the message to the, 333
America, Notes on the United States of, Deaths, lists of, 133, 405, 807
621

Delta-Summer morning landscape, by,
Antescript, 500

103–To lanthe, in absence, by, 176 —
Appointments and promotions, military, Elegiac Stanzas by, 217–Ballad Stan-
128, 400, 797

zas by, 498
Awkwardness of man, remarks on, 211 Dreams, the land of, 783
Ballad Stanzas, by Delta, 498

Duellists, the, a Tale of the “ Thirty
Bankrupts, monthly lists of British, 130, Years' War," 541
402, 802

Duncan, Dr Andrew, senior, death of, 408
Bachellor's Beat, The, No. y. A day at Elegiac Stanzas by Delta, 217
the sea-side, 335

Elements of Rhetoric, Review of Whatca
Bath, a satire, 462

ly's, 885
Battle of New Orleans, sketch of the, 354 Evening, an ode, 37
Beauty, verses to, 30

Execution in Paris, an, 785
Bhurtpore, Letter from an officer relative Flies, on the cruelty of killing, 834
to the siege of, 94

First Play of the Season, the, 557
Bidcombe Hill, 343

Good Works, on the Nothingness of, 870
Births, lists of, 131, 403, 804

Goode Manne of Allowa, the, 561
Bowles, the Rev. W. Lisle, and his resi. Grillpurzer's drama of the Golden Fleece,
dence at Bremhill, 226

Review of, 155
Brownie of the Black Haggs, the, 489 Hamlet, on the character of, 585_Post-
“ Buy a Broom," Chap. i. 709_Chap. ii. script, 592

Cardo's Legend, 715-Chap. iii. 717- Hieroglyphics, Marquis Spineto on, 313
Chap. iv. 723_Chap. v. 727_Chap. vi. Horæ Germanicæ, No. xxv. Grillparzer's
732_Chap. vii. 735

Golden Fleece, 155
Castle of Time, the, by Delta, 362 Hougge, Mr, ane rychte gude and preyti.
Catholic Question_On the coronation ous ballandebe, 177--Ane most strainge

oath in reference to the, 1-On a late and treuthfulle ballande, made be, 561
long debate in the House of Commons Huel-Rose, the, 737
on the subject, 87_Note of proceedings Huskisson, Mr, remarks on his resigna. V
and divisions in Parliament on the, 93 tion of place, and his correspondence
-On the state of Ireland in relation to with the Duke of Wellington, 107
the, 410

Inglis, Sir R., substance of his two speeches
Substance of Sir R. Inglis's two upon the Catholic Question, 811
Speeches on the, Review of, 811 Interscript to an article on Shakspeare,
Christianity, on the missions of, 31

583
Christophersee North

Intrading Widow, the, a dramatic poem,
Clapperton, Captain, death of, 136

765
Clare Election, letters concerning the, 219 Ireland, state of, in relation to the Catho-
Close of the London Season, letter on, 326 lic question, 410_Effects of the " sys.

-State of the Ministry, ib.--Catholic tem of conciliation” upon the Catholics,
and Corn questions, 328_Huskisson's 411--Mr Dawson's speech on the state
resignation, 329—The Opposition, 330 of the country, 412_Remarks upon its
-King's College, ib.—Grub street, 331 413-Influence of the Pope on the Cae
-King's Theatre, 332-Mlle Sontag, tholic Church, 416_Catholics have no
333

claims on the ground of right and jus-
Corn Markets, 125, 749

tice, 421_The removal of their disabi-
Coronation Oath, in reference to Roman lities must make continual political war
Catholics, remarks on the, I_On Dr a part of their religion, 423__and can
Phillpotts' letter on the subject, 8_On noi operate as a remedy for the frightful
Mr Lane's Treatise, 10-Opinions of state of the corniry, but the reverse, 434

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192

Value of the securities offered by the nals, 699_Catholics of Ireland, 781-
emancipators, 424_What might be ex- Absenteeism, 702_Agitators, orators,
pected from the removal of the disabili- and Irish affairs, ib.-708
ties, 427—Hostility of the Catholics to Nothingness of good works, on the, 870
religious and civil liberty, 432_ The Norfolk Punch, an incantation, 101
present Lord Lieutenant, and his Go- North, Christopher, brief remarks by, on
vernment, 433_Measures which ought a late long debate on the Catholic Ques-

to be adopted to quiet the country, 434 tion, 87
Ireland as it is ; in 1828. Chap. i., 453–

in his sporting jacket,
Chap. ii., 456—Chap. iii. Its politi- Fytte first, 273_Fytte second, 288
cal state, 550—Chap. iv. Assemblages Fytte third, 300
of the people, 554_Chap. v. The land

Speech of, on proposing
and the landlords, 752_Chap. vi. Ma- as a toast the Duke of Wellington, 536
nufactures and commerce, 756

Notes on the United States of America,
June Jaunt, the, a chapter omitted in the 621
life of Mansie Wauch, 909

Notices, travelling and political, by a
Kuzzilbash, the, a tale of Khorasan, 52 Whig-hater, 184_Of the Catholic As.
Land of Dreams, the, 783

sociation, 186_Lord Eldon, 188-Coun.
Letter from an infantry officer, relative to ty of Wicklow, 189_Bath, 190—Bris.
the siege of Bhurtpore, 94

tol to London, 191_London ; Whigs
on the Clare election, 219

and Liberals, ib.—House of Commons,
- on the close of the London season,
326

Ode to Tan Hill, 762
Liberals, the rise and fall of the, 96 O'Hara Family, remarks on the Tales of
Living Poets, their residences, 226

the, 469
Loretto, remarks on the miracles of, 357 Old system of trade, and the new, remarks
Maid ? art thou the, 912

on the, 370
Marriages, lists of, 132, 404, 805

Old maid's story, an, 835
Martin's picture of the Fall of Nineveh, Oxford, three years at, 864
remarks on, 36

Paris, an execution in, 785
Meteorological Tables, 127, 796

Phillpotts, Dr, and Mr Lane, remarks on
Message to the dead, the, 353

their pamphlets on the coronation oath, I
Military appointments, promotions, &c., Play, the first of the season, 557
128, 400, 797

Poetry—The Tour of Dulness, 29—To
Missions of Christianity, remarks on the, Beauty,30-Evening, an Ode, 37—No.
31

folk Punch, an incantation, 101—Sum-
Monkeyana, or men in miniature, remarks mer morning landscape, by Delta, 103
on, 42

-To lanthe, in absence, by Delta, 176
Montgomery's sacred poetry, review of, -Ane rychte gude and preytious bal.
913

lande, compylit be Mr Hougge, 177–
Asusic of the spheres, the, 225

Elegiac stanzas, by Delta, 217– The
New Orleans, sketch of the battle of, 354 music of the spheres, 225–The message
Nineveh, remarks on Martin's picture of to the dead, 353_The Castle of Tinie,
the fall of, 36

by Delta, 362_Court of darkness, 481
Noctes Ambrosianæ, No. xxxvii, 501_Rus. The goode Manne of Allowa, 561-

sian and Turkish war, ib.— The Greeks, Tasso's Coronation, 614-The voice of
503_The Pacha of Egypt, 504_Don the wind, 639_Song, “ John Nichol.
Miguel and the Portuguese constitution- son's Daughter,” 638_ The twa Maji.
alists, 505_Corn, currency, and Catho. cians, 691_Ode to Tan Hill, 762_The
lics, 507—Song, 511_No. xxxviii, 512 Vaudois wife, 682—Art thou the maid?
-The Shepherd on dreams, 514

The 912
Lily of the lea, 518_Education, The Poor proscribed animal, recollections of a,
march of intellect, 521-Albums, 524 593
-Astronomy,532_Song, 535-Speech Postscript to an article on the character of
of Christopher North on proposing the Hamlet, 592
health of the Duke of Wellington, 536 Prices current, 795
-No. xxxix, 640_Origin of poetry, 616 Promotions, appointments, &c. 128, 400,
-Affairs of Ireland, 657_Brunswick 797
clubs, 659_Ministers and sermons, 661 Publications, monthly lists of new ones,
-The Medicean Venus, 665_Charge 123, 398, 791
of indelicacy against the Noctes, 666—. Recollections of a poor proscribed animal,
Retzsch's illustrations of Hamlet, 668- 593—Chap. i, ib. Chap. i, 603_Noce
The Annuals, 672_No. Ix, 677–Edin- 613
burgh in summer, 679—and in winter, Remarks on the coronation oath, in refer.
ib. Advertiser for a wife, 681_Song, ence to the exclusion of Catholics from
" John Nicholson's Daughter," 688— political power, 1-On the missions of
Song, the Twa Magicians, 691_Edin- Christianity, 31-On Martin's Fall of
burgh Review, 692_Calumnies on Ma. Nineveh, 36_O. Monkeyana, or men
ga, 695-Annuals, 698_Morning jour- in miniature, 42-On the Usury Laws.

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