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gaze of common men. Your delicacy was less exqui- | His very name is to your unwilling ears
a grave resite, or your grief was less sincere. You how led by buke;" and you feel, when you reflect upon the beauty day upon the house-top; you called upon all the world of his purity, as the revolted demon did in “the place to admire your song of lamentation, and to join their inviolable." voices in ils doleful chorus.
"5 Abashed the devil stood,
And felt how awful goodness is, and 8a w Under pretence of making us partakers in a fictitious
Virtue in her own shape more lovely; saw, and pined or exaggerated grief, you have striven to make us sym
His loss : but chiefly to find here observed pathise with all the sickly whims and phantasies of a His lustre visibly impaired.” self-dissatisfied and self-accusing spirit. That you were, I give you credit for a real anguish, when you turn as you have yourself told us, a dissipated, a sceptical, from the contemplation of this happy spirit, to that of and therefore, for there was no other cause, a wretched
your own “faded splendor wan.” man, was no reason why you should wish to make your
Visible, however, as was your apostacy, and mean readers devoid of religion, virtue, and happiness. You had no right to taint the pure atmosphere of the Eng. create respect, even in those who comprehended the
your vengeance, there was still something about you to lish mind with the infectious phrenzies of the fever of best your vices and your errors. If you were an imdebauch. Your misery was the punishment of your moral and an unchristian, you were at least a serious, folly and your wickedness; why did you come to rack poet. Your pictures of depravity were sketched with the eyes of the wise, the good, and the tranquil, with such a sombre magnificence, that the eye of vulgar obthe loathsome spectacle of your merited torments ? Could genius, a'thousand times more splendid than The harp of the mighty was still in your hands; and
servers could gain little from surveying their lineaments
. yours, entitle the poor, giddy, restless victim of remorse, when you dashed your fingers over its loosened strings, to make his art the instrument of evil,—to abuse the faded as was the harmony, and harsh the execution, the gifts of his Gud, by rendering them the engines of cor
notes were still made for their listening who had loved ruption and ruin among his fellow men? For shame! the solemn music of the departed. my Lord, for shame upon your madhood! If you had
The last lingering talisman which secured to you the acted as became the dignity, either of your person or pity, and almost the pardon, even of those that abhorof your genius, you would have hidden yourself from red your guilt, with the giddiness of a lunatic, or the the public gaze, until you had expiated, in the solitude resolution of a suicide, -you have tossed away. You of some congenial dungeon, the sins that had embittered have lost the mournful and melancholy harp which lent your conscience, and degraded your muse. You had offended the eternal laws of virtue, and yielded up and bought, in its stead, a gaudy viol, fit for the fingers
a protecting charm even to the accents of pollution; your self-condemning soul to be the play-thing--the of eunuchs, and the ears of courtezans. You have aeplov Kuvvypa of doubt, and of derision. But although parted you felt within yourself hell of conscience, why
“With what permissive glory, since that fall, should you have assumed at once the malevolence of a demon ? Alas! you have not even attained to the gene- You have flung off the last remains of the “regal port;": rosity of “the superior fiend.” While the abjeci instruments of his rebellious rage found comfort in the you are no longer one of the great seraphic lords,"
that sat even in Pandemonium, “in their own dimencompanionship of many, the Satan of Milton preserved sions like themselves.” You have grown weary of a nobler sentiment in the midst of his calamity. He scorned the vulgar consolation, and would have wished your fallen grandeur, and dwarfed your stature, that to have been alone in his sufferings, as he had been You may resume, if you will, your giant-height
, but we
you might gain easier access, and work paltrier mischief. unequalled in his fault.
shall not fail to recognise, in spite of all your elevation, " His form had not yet lost
the swollen features of the same pigmy imp whom we All his original brightness, nor appeared Less than archangel ruined.
have once learned-a lasting lesson-not to abhor
merely, and execrate, but to despise. You may wish, Deep scars of thunder had entrenched, and care as heretofore, to haunt our imaginations in the shadowy Sat on his faded cheek. Cruel his eye, but cast
semblance of Harold, Conrad, Lara, or Manfred: you Signs of remorse and passion, to behold
may retain their vice, and their unbelief, and their restThe fellows of his crime, the followers rather,
lessness; but you have parted irretrievably with the (Far other once beheld in bliss), condemned For ever now to have their lot in pain,
majesty of their despair. We see you in a shape less Millions of spirits for his fault amerced
sentimental and mysterious. We look below the disOf Heaven, and froin cternal splendors fung,
guise which has once been lifted, and claim acquaintFor his revolt.”
ance, not with the sadness of the princely masque, but I have a singular pleasure, I know not how, in quo- with the scoffing and sardonic merriment of the illting to your Lordship the lines of Milton. You cannot dissembling reveller beneath it. In evil hour did you listen to their high and melancholy music, without step from your vantage-ground, and teach us that Ha. reflecting with repentant humiliation on your own per- rold, Byron, and the Count of Beppo are the same. verted and dishonored genius. To his pure ear, the I remain, my Lord, with much pity, and inspirations of the muse came placid and solemn, with
not entirely without hope, your Lordship's awful and majestic cadences. She ruffled not, but
most obedient, most humble servant, smoothed and cherished the wings of his contemplation.
PRESBYTER ANGLICANTS. She breathed the calm of a holier harmony into his unspotted bosom. Reason and imagination went hand in hand with virtue. He never forgot that his poetry was given him, only to be the ornament and instrument
CHARLATANERIE DES SAVANS. of a patriot and a saint. Beside your pillow the In an old French work, called 'La Charlatanerie des "nighily visitant” respires the contaminating air of its Savans,' is the following note. “D'autres ont proposé pollution. The foul exhalations of disorder and sen et résolu en même temps des questions ridicules-par suality poison her virgin breath, and dim the celestial example celle-ci. Devroit-on faire souffrir une seconde lustre of her eye. In despair of ennobling you, she fois le même genre de mort à un criminel qui apres avoir becomes herself degraded, and lends her vigor to be the eu la tête coupée, viendroit a résusciter ?” weapon of that violence, which, had its phrenzy been less incurable, her ministrations might have soothed and “Others have proposed and at the same time tempered. Milton is to you as his own cherub was to answered ridiculous questions-for example the followthe apostate.
ing. Can a criminal be made to suffer a second time " That glory then, when thou no more wast good,
the same kind of death, who after having been behead. Departed from thee."
ed, should come to life again ?"
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PAGE The Inittence of Morals, continued. By a native (but 13. Our Robins. The story promised in last No. from Miss not now a resident) of Petersburg, Va.-The effects of
Sedgwick's Love Token for Children.... the Reformation and French Revolution on morals 14. Innovations in English Style. By a Virginian.-Mr. and social Institutiona, farther considered. The im
Carlyle's style condemned, in opposition to the West. moral tendency of such writings as Bulwer's and By.
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Tyle's style imitated by a writer in the Democratic of social institntions, and morality reposed upon re
392 vealed religion. Christianity that has exalted woman 13. Prynne's Histriomastix............
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