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tremendous obstipacy with which that it almost seemed as if a magnithe battle was contested :

fying-glass' would convert the re

presentation into life, would surely « Feast on, stern foe of mortal life,

have found, no mean field for its Feast on!-but think not that a strife, With such promiscuous carnage rife,

dexterity in Waterloo. Even the Protracted space may last;

last scene of the engagement the The deadly tug of war at length poet describes vaguely: and his Must limits find in human strength, description appears liable to this

And cease when these are pass'd. farther and more serious exception, Vain hope!-that morn's o'erclouded that it by no means attributes that

importance to the co-operation of Heard the wild shout of fight begun

the Prussian army wbich both hisEre he attain'd his height,

torical accuracy and national geneAnd through the war-smoke volumed

rosity would dictate. high, Still peals that unremitted cry,

The truth, however, is, that, at Though now he stoops to night. this stage, the poem falls oft, and For ten long hours of doubt and dread, never afterwards effectually reFresh succours from the extended head covers itself. Probably, the timc Of either bill the contest fed,

which the author had allotted for Still down the slope they drew,

his composition and his tour, beThe charge of columns paused not, Nor ceased the storm of shell and shot; distinctly apprehended ;-he was, Nor ceased the storm of shell and shot; gan to narrow faster than he had

For all that war could do of skill and force was proved that day,

in consequence, compelled to jour. And turn'd not yet the doubtful fray

ney with greater rapidity;--aod On bloody Waterloo," pp. 18, 19.

with this double difficulty of con

tracted time and increased interrupIn advancing beyond this point, tion, no muse could possibly strughowever, we find nothing like a

gle. " Barbs, barbs, alas, how graphical representation of the or swift ye flew!" To write against der or events of the fight. The time is hard enough; but to write author paints generally the onsets speedily, on a speedy journey, is of the French against certain “ser

to write against time and tide at ried squares” of the English, and once. Symptoms of haste seem particularly. tbat last dreadful

every where discernible in the secharge, which the happy arrival of quel of the work; as, for instance, the Prussians, and the eagle-glance the anbiguity in the last of the four and prompt resolution of the Bri- following lines :tish commander, converted into a still more dreadful rout. But it “ Lightly ye rose that dawning day, may fairly be questioned whether From your cold couch of swamp and any reader, not already acquainted


To fill, before the sun was low, with the general nature of the battle, would be able to collect it from The bed that morning cannot know."-p.39. this account. Here, therefore, a

It costs ‘some thinking to disdisappointment occurs; for the cover that, by the concluding line poet had spread out so clear and is meant “ the bed which is never minute a map of the scene of action, to see a morning dawn." that it was natural to expect an To the same lurry may be as equally detailed and luminous ex cribed such verses as the following: hibition of the awful drama which which appear little better than the ensued. And, here also, Mr. Scott diction of Dewspaper-eloquence has lost what to bis powers would adapted to metre: have been an admirable opportunity. That pencil which sketched

« Shall future ages tell this tale:. the battle of Flodden in cbaracters Of inconsistence faint and fruitfel to exact, so exquisite, wo animated,” And again, the author "tbus to

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minds Bonaparte that he had em- lofty visions which haunt only the ployed some of his leisure hours in bower of leisure and the pillow of reading the Roman history: repose. There are indeed occa* The Roman lore thy leisure lov'd.”

sional exceptions to the remark;

for the system of the buman faculThe poem offends, however, ties is very singularly constructed. rather negatively than positively : Cases occur in which the fancy, from the absence of those preg, self-willed as she is, promptly obeys nant proofs of a master's hand the spur of exigency. A fever of with which it might have been ex- effort is produced, the heat of pected to abound. It is remark. which throws off noble, and sublime, able that the effect of hurry on and original imaginations. But poetic composition, is not only to this is not the ordiuary rule, and prevent fimshi, but to impoverish will least answer when a continued ihought. The former, indeed, con- course of poetic thinking is demandstitates one of its evils: the poet, ed. The purest and most ethereal ever precipitating forwards, is un- associations of the mind are of a able to work up his conceptions nature so capricious, so delicate, so with due effect, or properly to fuse fragile, that their fine threads are and polish the precious ores of not only unable to sustain " the fancy. But it is a worse misfortune various bustle of resort," but will attendant on such a case, that suap beneath the nere stress of a there are sčaréely any conceptions too-eager mind. In mental operato be worked up, scarcely any pre- tions of some kinds, the rapidity cious ores to be fused. The rea- of our progress is, within certain son is, not that fine thoughts re- limits, proportionate to the inten. quire a certain length of time for sity of our voluntary exertion. It their growth,-imagination is not a is not so in poetry, where unexstill, which produces its sweets by pected resemblances are to be the hour, but that the want of a started, where singular analogies feeling of leisure incapacitates the are to be struck out, where fire is mind for its finer exertions. The to be kindled rather by electric pressure of urgent haste, if it does darts than by a regular process. not discompose and distract us, at Here, the mind is nearly passive, least suggests ideas of task-work, and must resign herself to the caand diligence, and punctuality; sual suggestions and flashes of her ideas, admirably proper in every own thoughts. Here, we can only service but that of the Muses. It place our faculties (as it were) in a is not, therefore, time which is re- situation to be affected, and must quired, but leisure. Were the lei- then contentedly wait till they are sure afforded greater, the time in roused into melody by viewless im fact employed might possibly be pulses and airy hands. It is witla much less: the author, having an more than poetical reason, there. unlimited credit on time, might fore, that poets celebrate the proactually draw to a very small pitious effect of silence and solitude amount.

on their favourite studies; and that " To constitute a poet," says they seek, in some untroubled atJuvenal, “a mind is required, free mosphere, for

those rich and exfrom anxiety, exempt from every quisite forms of ideal beauty, which, harassing care, in love with shady like birds of paradise, will fly only groves, and delighting to drink at in a calm sky, og bestens the springs of the Muses." If the b In application, however, to the principle be thus general, the anxie- present poem, these remarks must ty of effort, no less than the anxiety not be taken too strongly. Algf distress, must disqualify men for though the sequel of it is not all zoetic reveries, and exclude those that might have been wished, yet CHRIST. OBSERY. No. 167.


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will less be sought' for in its public least, is certain that the charita acts, which are ordained by autho- able objects for which Mr. Scott rity, than in its popular literature, generally writes will not be the which lives on opinion and taste. worse promoted for the consecra

Would it then be impertinent to tion of his lyre. The work of express a hope that this omission mercy will not be less blessed, by in the work before us may yetibe being also made a work of piety; supplied, and that, in a future nor will “ the anointing oil” that ediriorf, the author may imterweave heals the sick, be deprived of its with the deserved praises of his efficacy, by being mingled with the countrymen a tribute of acknow- incense of religious gratitude. ledgment to Heaven? This, at


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