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"Beside her stood a noble form,
But this last stroke had wounded more
It struck on every chord refin'd,
That beam of Hope could guide and save." P. 108.
The minor poems are pretty, and the thoughts though none of them new, ure in general fairly expressed.
ART. XIV. The Days of Harold. A Metrical Tale. By Benjamin Rogers. 8vo. 414 pp. 12s. Newmau. 1816.
MR. ROGERS (not as we should suppose the author of the Pleasures of Memory) informs us in his Preface, that "despairing to obtain that meed of applause which is sometimes bestowed by the frigid commendation of fastidious critics, and hopeless of becoming a mental caterer to the reader of erudition, he would address himself to that humble class who are pleased they know not why, and care not wherefore."
We are very ready to own ourselves to be readers of this class, and so that we are but pleased, especially in poetry, to care very little for the cause of our pleasure. Mr. Rogers has presented us with a very thick octavo volume, containing, as we should conceive, some thousands of verses, which if they have little in
them to please the severer critic, have certainly very little to dis-
Of female choristers, their stand
And straight with one accord the throng
Rais'd solemnly this vesper song.
Triune Deity, we bend
Low before thy throne of light!.
our anthems would ascend
To reach thy courts in regions bright.
Holy Virgin! saints on high,
To aid the humbler minstrelsy
"How shall human accents speak
"Sun be veil'd! thy piercing rays,
Gentle ev'ning's milder face,
"FULL CHO US.
"Thus, when mighty angels roll
And suns and worlds are pass'd away,
And evening never dims the ray
That lights an everlasting day,
Great First Cause! thou still must be,
Th' immortal soul of immortality!"-P. 257.
ART. XV. Songs, and occasional Poems, on various Subjects. By Captain Hall, of the Indian Army, 12mo. 230 pp. 6s. Black and Co. 1816.
CAPTAIN Hall having given us, in his title page, the words Quid nos nocebit tentare, a motto, as we conceive, equally clas sical in its origin and correct in its Latinity, proceeds to dedicate the volume to the Earl of Moira. Captain Hall has been in India, we regret, therefore, that he did not leave his poetical effusions to console his distant friends. We are of opinion that they would have succeeded better in India than in England. This may arise, indeed, from our depraved taste; but we must fairly own our opinion that, however flourishing the martial laurels of Captain Hall may be, he has been unsuccessful in his attempt to intertwine them with the poetic bay. The best specimen, perhaps, in the volume, is an address upon the opening of a new Subscription Theatre at Calcutta.
"In distant climes, you can't expect. our boards, Can offer scenes, which Drury's fame affords;
But though we've not the force of Kemble's art,
And welcome worth, and honour in their stead!
If then that none unblemish'd you can find,.
Each drooping moment, by the Drama's smile,
ART. XVI: On Gun-shot Wounds of the Extremities, requiring the different Operations of Amputation, with their After-treatment: establishing the Advantages of Amputation
VOL. VI. SEPTEMBER, 1816.
on the Field of Battle to the Delay usually recommended, &c. &c. &c. with four explanatory Plates. By G. J. Guthrie. 8vo. 384 pp. 12s. Longman and Co. 1815.
THE treatise before us is evidently the result of thought and experience, the style is clear and good, and the knowledge which it will impart to the student in military surgery must be very considerable. With some opinions however of Mr. Guthrie, we may not wholly coincide, though with a man of so much science and experience we should with hesitation differ. In his chapter upon the amputation of the limb at the hip joint we see much to admire and commend, though perhaps he may call our courage into question, as we confess ourselves not sufficiently bold to feel a desire of witnessing its performance. We could add a successful case which has happened within our own knowledge to the list of Mr. Guthrie, where the operation was performed by a very skilful and eminent surgeon at Stafford. The man recovered, and lived six months, dying at last of a fever, apparently unconnected with the wound. We need not however hint to Mr. Guthrie that to the exhaustion of the constitutional powers this very fever, a typhus as we believe, might justly be traced. A case indeed could very rarely occur in which we could wish to see the operation performed, and in no case should we ever expect to see the patient survive a year, even though the wound itself should be totally healed.
Mr. Guthrie strongly recommends immediate amputation in all doubtful cases among the recently wounded. In this we are inclined to agree with him much farther than his cotemporaries would allow. We consider it the most safe, and certainly the most merciful mode of proceeding. The preservation of a limb, could we be sure of preserving it, which would entail suffering and pain upon a poor soldier through the remainder of his days, can be no act of mercy; especially when amputation would certainly restore him to the enjoyment of an easy and comfortable life, at the expence only of a limb. A limb is indeed most precious, but we doubt whether both in domestic and military surgery, it is at all to be put into competition with ease and health. The following are Mr. G.'s observations on the case.
"After other battles, in which I have had the care of fractures of the femur, the success has not been so great, but they were generally under less advantageous circumstances; and from the sum of knowledge thus acquired on many occasions, I am induced to believe, that in this injury, amputation ought to be a more frequent operation than it is at present; and I think I am borne out in this supposition by the above statements, and by the general opinion of by brethren formed during the peninsular war.