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eye on one point and success was ever fancy throws one of her pearls, companion of his labours.

they all wrangle for it, each one Nevertheless his personal vanity takes his turn to wear an ornament frequently broke forth with such so precious, and even when it bas terrible explosions, as often endan. contracted a rust by frequency of gered the fabric of his fame. Lest handling, in their eyes it loses none we be thought to aggravate this foi- of its lustre. ble, we will cite the expressions of

A recentarrangement in the niinthe Chancellor himself. He shall istry has transferred the seals of of. be heard before he is convicted of fice into other hands, and has left decency. In the recent trial of Lord Lord Erskine to the quict enjos. Melville before the House of Peers, a ment of his Peerage. His exerlegal point arose whether a witness

tions have bech strenuous and un. could be compelled to answera ques

remittent; fortune beamed a smile, tion for which he might be after

and he is now an exception, in a wards rendered responsible in a civil double sense, to the rule, ihat genus suit? The Judges were summoned must look to posterity for reward. to deliver their opinions; and at the Whatever varying hues his charconclusion of the debate the Chan-acter exhibits, they are all reconcil. cellor remarked, “ That he had able, and we hazard an opinion that been for seven and twenty years en self confidence sometimes properly, gaged in the duties of a laborious and sometimes improperly applied, profession, and that while he was will account for all his inequalities. so employed, he had not for a single The meagre vapour surrounding day been prevented from attending the head of the author and the polhis duty on Courts by indisposition, itician, suddenly kindles into glory or by corporeal infirmity. That his when appearing on the legal horiexperience was equal not only to any “ This example is not with. individual Judge on the bench; but out its use.” It will teach by its to all the Judges with their collective salutary admonitions, the pupil of practice. That it was true there fame and fortune, to endeavour to avere men of much more learning and converge his energies of intellect to ability than he could pretend 10.; but one point, and if above mediocrity, that success in life often depended this example will cheer the despodmore on accident, and certain physical dency of his heart. It will further advantages, than upon the most bril-teach him who is not endowed by liant talents and profound erudition,” nature with the prodigal munifiThe Chancellor in the concluding cence of a Burke, the folly of atsentence vouches for the entire ve- tempting to dissipate the rays of racity of our comments, and it grat- his genius over too large a circumifies us to find ourselves supported

ference. by so able an advocate. Those of A friend dearly beloved has hinthis admirers who deny him the lau-ed to the writer the propriety of anrel of vanity convict him of false- nexing marginal notes to his essay hood. The style of his oratory is for the purpose of informing the diffusive and bordering on redun public from what quarter his intel. dancy. His imagination although ligence is drawn. This is howa jewel is not of the first order of ever a demand on labour and invesbrilliants. Amidst the matter of tigation difficult and irksome to acfact men at Westminster-hall, when complish; but if any gentleman

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deems it worthy his attention to in character, and pathetic in inciquestion the fact, it will be time dent, situation, and feeling. Charenough then, to quote or to refer to lotte Smith headed a different spethe document.

cies of just representors of conduct,

character, and passion. From the We cannot permit ourselves to close strong, but somewhat coarse and

farcical satire of a Roderick and this biographical outline without recom. mending to our readers an uninter. honest Strap, to the delicate tenderrupted perusal, now that the entire es- ness of Adelina, Emeline, and Gosay is before them. Somewhat of the dolphin, the various classes of the interest and beauty of a connected dissertation is lost by the necessity of di.

comic epopee appear to have been viding it.

exemplified by masterly writers, all The judicious writer to whom adhering to existing or probable

much indebted for this archetypes. The Recess and Emma and other instances of friendship and Corbet, verging to thc province of genius will accept our warmest ac- Melpomene rather than Thalia, are knowledgments. His hours of relax. ation from the duties of a learned and still imitations of probability, Gelaborious profession will still be valua- nius, ardent after novelty, will someble to society by a devotion to the inter- times leave an old road, not because ests of polite and elegant literature ; a it may not lead it to its journcy's taste for which can in no way be more end, but because it is old. There easily disseminated than by his own polished and beautiful writings.

was at this time a great disposition Em. Ed'rs. to literary innovation, that, showing

itself on subjects of serious reasoning, religion, morality, and politics, was also manifest in works of amusement. The object of ingenuity ap

peared to be to enchain and petrify Fron Bisset's Modern Literature.

by astonishment, more than to al

lure by pleasure, impel by profit, ABOUT thirty years ago, a new or guide by wisdom. There was a species of writing began to make its very prevalent disposition to quesappearance, in works of fancy, and tion established truths, and to tranprofessed imitation of life and man- scend admonited probabilities; and

Le Sage and Fielding had while serious pretenders to philosocarried the exhibition of human na-phy proposed new principles and ture and passions, the manners and rules for governing social and pocharacter of the times, to a degree litical man, literary dispensers of of perfection that has not been e- amusement also chalked out a new qualled, and scarcely could be sur system of tales and exhibitions ; passed. Miss Burney, pursuing and, instead of the probable, frethe same track, but professing great- quently substituted the marvelous. er originality of genius, introduced Some persons of great genius began, an extensive variety, not resem- and others followed this style of bling Fielding in detail, but, like writing. The Eloise of Rousseau him, copying from life-excelling rendered it very popular on the Conin strength of delineation and in tinent: it gilded all the eccentricihumour of colouring. Less com- ties and easy extravagance of the prehensive in rage, but acute in ob- French ingenuity, and was dragged servation, picturesque in description through all the studied wilderness interesting in the tale, impressive of German labour. Genius relieys





ed the marvelous by the probable, The actual tale is natural ; and introduced its fanciful beings in during the age and manners which circumstances which, dininishing she describes, is probable. or overpowering the incredible, gave ject is actually presented, which was full force to the appearance ; while not within the compass of know pains-taking dulness never failed existence at the time. The impresto introduce such adjuncts and ap-sions, though arising from imaginapendages as broke the spell and ry beings, were natural in the chara showed the improbable absurdity, acters and state of mind represented Shakespeare could manage a ghost; An innocent and experienced gin. but if he introduced a ghost, he dejected with the conscioustiess oí brought such a being discovering a her destitute situation, conceiving foul and unnatural murder, not a- herself the victim of villany and musing himself with a tune on an treachery, where she, for a time, ha organ. This new style of writing, experienced protection; torn from or old romance revived, generated the man that she loved, and appre or regenerated in France or Switz- hensive of violence from the man erland, receiving its clothing from that she hated; in a vast and deso literary tailors of Germany; and a late edifice, which she had recently ponderous garb it was, containing discovered to be the scene of murthe heavy armour and escutcheons, der; hearing noises at the still bour and heraldic blazonry of the feudal of midnight, is perfectly consonant times, and the motley patch-work to nature, in apprehending a visitaof modern illuminism.

tion from the apparitions of the It obtained, from its uncouth e

dead. The fears which disturb the normity, the name of the Gigan- abbey; the scene of conscious mur

Marquis, and drive him from the tesque.

If dexterity or skill hap der, is perfectly consonant to the pened, at any time to betake themselves to this species of exhibition, Motte, vacillating between the de

feelings of enormous guilt. they excited a horror and amazezement which, for a time, mighted

into profligacy, and the remains

pravity of habitual indulgence ripensuspend the faculties of the reader, of honourable and virtuous feelings, but the gross improbability, soon by temporary impulse driven to 3 dispelled the deception ; but it was

crime, but by the remnants of hureserved for Genius so to temper manity held from hardened atrocity the marvelous with the pleasing is a character at once natural and and pathetic, as to hurry on the instructive, and very forcibly pour reader wherever the writer chose. Such were the reflections of our

trays the proclivity of pleasurable hero when the • Romance of the

vice. The passions, characters, and Forest' was first sent for his critical

manners, are in this production, examination. The able and inven. the fable in its principal constituents examination. The able and inven- natural, striking, and impressive; tive author chusing a different tract sufficiently probable to interest the from a Burney and a Smith, and ac-reader in the fortunes of the actors ; commodating herself to the grow. the descriptions of external nature ing taste for the gigantesque, admitted it with the modifications of perhaps too exuberant; but it is the

exuberance of genius, prompted by judgment in her scenery and machinery, but did not chuse it as the

taste and sensibility, exquisitely groundwork of her story.

susceptible of the beauties of nature: she cannot restrain her fancy from



expatiating on subjects which have | petrator ; and whether we might not afforded to herself such delightful use suicism, regicism, &c. for the deed sensation and images. Her mar

of self-slaughter, or king-slaughter.

He attacks a real disease of language ; velous is not improbable. Such

but suggests a bad remedy. were the critical reflections of our The Latins have paracidium for the hero on his examination of this nov-act, and paracida for the perpetrator of el, together with the taste of the paracide. In old French books the ab. times when it made its appearance. cidie, and the agent by parricide. But

stract substantive is gallicized by parriHe predicted, however, that attemp- as words in ie are feminine in French, ted imitation, by inferior genius, and as neuter Latin substantives bewould inundate the public with mon- come masculine in French, the word strous fictions, bearing no resem- parricide was felt as anomalous, and ablance to any thing that ever existed bandoned for parricide. From the French

we have our English word. in any age or country; and, it after

Had English writers been borrowing wards appeared, he was not mistaken directly from the Latin, they would in his prophecies.

have said parracidy and parricider ; suicidy and suicider ; regicidy and regicider ;

they would thus have preserved the For the Emerald.

desirable distinction. DESULTORY SELECTIONS,

Wrath is drawn with wonderful force by Spenser, as one of the

councellors and attendants on pride. Can some one tell me who wrote

And him besides rides fierce revengthe following hymn ? I met with

ing Wrath it in the laid aside hymn-book of a And in his hand a burning brand he

Upon a lion, loth for to be led ; congregation of Unitarian Dissen


[head, ters. It is the only attempt I re- The which he brandisheth about his collect to make the doctrine of tol- His eyes did hurlforth sparkles fiery red, eration a part of the liturgic pre. As ashes pale of hue, and seeming dead;

And stared stern on all that him beheld, cepts of christianity. In this point And on his dagger still his hand he held, of view it is indeed precious. Trembling through hasty rage when Absurd and vain attempt ! to bind

choler in him swell’d. With iron chains the free-born mind;

His ruffian raiment all was stain'd with To force conviction, and reclaim

blood The wandering by destructive flame. Which he had spilt, and all to rags Bold arrogance ! to snatch from heaven

were rent: Dominion not to mortals given ;

In this description there is nothO'er conscience, to usurp the throne, Accountable to God alone.

ing properly emblematical, but the

lion on which Wrath is mounted, Jesus, thy gentle law of love Does no such cruelties approve ;

and the flaming brand which he Mild as thyself thy doctrine wields.

holds; and these are so obvious as No arms but what persuasion yields.

to need no remark. The sparkling By proofs divine, and reason strong, of his eyes resembles that of Turnus. It draws the willing soul along ; And conquests to thy church acquires His agitur furiis; totoque ardentis ab ore By eloquence, which heaven inspires.

Scintillae absistunt : oculis micat acribus ignis.

Æn. xii. GRAMMATICAL ILLUCIDATION. Such furies urge him ; while his glowA Grammarian inquired why the

ing face words suicide, regicide, &c. are employ- Darts sparkles round, and flash his fiery, ed to express both the act and the per- eyes.

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Cowley, in his Davidcis, gives a The following is a song of Sir portrait of Envy, drawn with much Charles Sedley, which may not only strength, and with some novelty. be read with pleasure, but the close,

the secret charm of a song, is to ENVY at last crawls forth from that be admired for the delicacy of its

dire throng, Of all the direfullst; her black locks thought, and the easy grace of its hung long,

diction. Attir'd with curling serpents ; her pale

SONG. skin

Phyllis, men say that all my vows Was almost dropt from the sharp bones Are to thy fortune paid ; within ;

Alas, my heart he little knows, And at her breast hung vipers, which Who thinks my love a trade. did prey


Were I of all these woods the lord, Upon her panting heart both night and One berry from thy hand Sucking black blood from thence, which, More real pleasure would afford, to repair,

Than all my large command. Both day and night they left fresh poi.

My humble love has learnt to live sons there.

On what the nicest maid, Her garments were deep stain'd in hu.

Without a conscious blush, may give man gore,

Beneath the myrtle shade. And torn by her own hands, in which she bore

CLARET. A knotted whip, and bowl, that to the Did with green gall and juice of worm- The Doctor is feed for a dangerous wood swim.

draught, Which cures half a dozen, and kills half a score.

(taught, What would a foreigner collect Of all the best drugs the dispensaries from being told by his friend, as an Twere well could each cure one disapology for not being with him at ease, and no more.

But here's the juice the hour of dinner, that he was

Of sovereign use, “Spilt,” in coming : or in hearing 'Twill cure your distempers- whatever from a third person, that another they be, friend, who declined accepting his In body or spirit, invitation, from alledged indisposi- Take of this a large dose, and it soon

, tion, “Shamm’d Abraham ?" If you

sets you free. make an acceptable proposition to a fashionable party, they are imme- By cunning directors, if trick' of y'r pelf

And losses a dose of good claret can diately “Up to it?" if the contrary,

heal, they dislike " That there sort of Or if you have been a director yourself

, thing.” When they are low spirit-'Twill teach you the loss of your honor ed and melancholy, they are “Hip- to feel, pish ;" when mortified and disap

Stocks fall or rise,

Tell truth or lies, pointed, “ Down in the mouth.”.

Your fame and your fortune, here rem Does a man of fashion drive his

edy find, curricle furiously down Pall-Mall, If Sylvia be cruel or the Strand; passing his competi- Take this water gruel, tors, like the victors in the Olympic 'Twill soon cure the fever, that burns games? he is then said to “ Tip

up your mind. them the go by.” Is his dress, as we

REMARK OF LESSING. may presume it will be, elegant ; exhibiting no articles of apparel but money to buy, or leisure to quote, the

He who writes for bread, has seldom such as are “ All the rage,” he is books which treat best on his topic : he “Quite the tippy."

who writes to kill time, willingly orders


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