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The Visionary Hope
Recollections of Love
II. The Sunilary
4:23 On revisiting the Sea shore, ailer lung Absence,
under strong medical recommendations not to
Reflections on having left à Plach or Retiremeni 536
To the Rev. George Coleridge of Ollery St. Mary,
A tombless Epitaph
coast of America. Falconer skilfully heightens And, while around his sad companions crowd, this trait by showing its effect on the commisera- He guides the unhappy victim to the shroud. tion of Rodmond, the roughest of his characters,
Hie thee aloft, my gallant friend! he cries; who guides the victim of misfortune to lay hold of
Thy only succour on the mast relies!" the shrouds.
The effect of his sea phrases is to give a definite “A flash, quick glancing on the nerves of light,
and authentic character to his descriptions; and his Struck the pale helmsman with eternal night:
poem has the sensible charm of appearing a tranRodinond, who heard a pitious groan behind, script of reality, and leaves an impression of truth Touch'd with compassion, gaz'd upon the blind; and nature on the mind.
With living colours give my verse to glow,
The sad memorial of a tale of wo?
A scene from dumb oblivion to restore,
To fame unknown, and new to epic lore!
Alas; neglected by the sacred Nine,
Their suppliant feels no genial ray divine ! Proposal of the subject. Invocation. Apology. Alle. Ah! will they leave Pieriu's happy shore,
gorical description of memory. Appeal to her assist. To plongh the tide where wintry tempests roar ? ance. The story begun. Retrospect of the former
Or shall a youth approach their hallow'd fane, part of the voyage. The ship arrives at Candia. Ancient state of that island. Present state of the Stranger to Phæbus, and the tuneful train?adjacent isles of Greece. The season of the year.
Far from the Muses' academic grove, Character of the master and his officers. Story of 'Twas his the vast and trackless deep to rove. Palemon and Anna. Evening described. Midnight. Alternate change of climates has he known, The ship weighs anchor, and departs from the haven. And felt the fierce extremes of either zone; State of the weather. Morning. Situation of the Where polar skies congeal th' eternal snow, neighbouring shores. Operation of taking the sun's
Or equinoctial suns for ever glow. azimuth. Description of the vessel as seen from the land.
Smote by the freezing or the scorching blast,
“A ship-boy on the high and giddy mast,"* The scene is near the city of Candia ; and the time about four days
From regions where Peruvian billows roar, and a half.
To the bleak coast of savage Labrador. While jarring interests wake the world to arms, From where Damascus, pride of Asian plains ! And fright the peaceful vale with dire alarms ; Stoops her proud neck beneath tyrannic chains, While Ocean hears vindictive thunders roll, To where the isthmus,t laved by adverse tides, Along his trembling wave, from pole to pole; Atlantic and Pacific seas divides. Sick of the scene, where war, with ruthless hand, But, while he measured o'er the painful race, Spreads desolation o'er the bleeding land ;
In Fortune's wild illimitable chase, Sick of the tumult, where the trumpet's breath Adversity, companion of his way! Bids ruin smile, and drowns the groan of death!
Suillo'er the victim hung with iron sway ; 'Tis mine, retired beneath this cavern hoar, Bade new distresses every instant grow, That stands all lonely on the sea-beat shore, Marking each change of place with change of wo: Far other themes of deep distress to sing
In regions where th’ Almighty's chastening hand Than ever trembled from the vocal string. With livid pestilence afflicts the land ; No pomp of battle swells th' exalted strain, Or where pale famine blasts the hopeful year, Nor gleaming arms ring dreadful on the plain : Parent of want and misery severe ; But, o'er the scene while pale Remembrance weeps, Or where, all dreadful in th' embattled line, Fate with fell triumph rides upon the deeps,
The hostile ships in flaming combat join : Here hostile elements tumultuous rise,
Where the torn vessel, wind and wave assail, And lawless floods rebel against the skies ; Till o'er her crew distress and death prevail Till hope expires, and peril and dismay
Where'er he wander'd thus vindictive Fate Wave their black ensigns on the watery way. Pursued his weary steps with lasting hate!
Immortal train, who guide the maze of song, Roused by her mandate, storms of black array To whom all science, arts, and arms belong; Winter'd the morn of life's advancing day; Who bid the trumpet of eternal fame
Relax'd the sinews of the living lyre, Exalt the warrior's and the poet's name!
And quench'd the kindling spark of vital fire.If e'er with trembling hope I fondly stray'd Thus while forgotten or unknown he woos, In life's fair morn beneath your hallow'd shade,
What hope to win the coy, reluctant Muse ? To hear the sweetly-mournful lute complain,
Then let not Censure, with malignant joy, And melt the heart with ecstasy of pain ;
The harvest of his humble hope destroy! Or listen, while th' enchanting voice of love,
His verse no laurel wreath attempts to claim, While all Elysium warbled through the grove ;
Nor sculptur'd brass to tell the poet's name. 0! by the hollow blast that moans around,
If terms uncouth, and jarring phrases, wound
The following work has been executed with a view of completing the original design of Doctor Aikin, whose volume comprised “a chronological series of the classical poets of Great Britain, from Ben Jonson to Beattie, without mutilation or abridgment, with biographical and critical notices of the authors.” The present volume commences with Falconer and ends with Scott.
In the task of selecting, the compiler has kept in view, accord'ing to the best of his judgment, what appears to have been the leading principle of his predecessor, namely, to choose the most popular works of the best poets. The notices have been necessarily compiled entirely from British authorities.
It is intended to add one more volume to the series, which will commence with Southey, and include the principal works of all the classical poets of Great Britain, subsequent in chronological order to those comprised in the preceding volumes.