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Thy natural gladness and eyes bright with glee!
Be wise be happy, and forget not me.
SLY Beelzebub took all occasions
To try Job's constancy and patience;
But Heaven that brings out good from evil,
ON A VOLUNTEER SINGER.
SWANS sing before they die: 'twere no bad
Should certain persons die before they sing.
ON AN INSIGNIFICANT.
'TIS Cypher lies beneath this crust,
Whom Death created into dust.
parts of whose body and soul he had been so charitably disposing of; or even perhaps risking his life for him. What language Shakespeare considered characteristic of malignant disposition, we see in the speech of the goodnatured Gratiano, who spoke "an infinite deal of nothing more than any man in all Venice;"
"Too wild, too rude and bold of voice!"
the skipping spirit, whose thoughts and words reciprocally ran away with each other;
-"O be thou damned, inexorable dog! And for thy life let justice be accused!"
and the wild fancies that follow, contrasted with Shylock's tranquil "I stand here for Law."
Or, to take a case more analogous to the present subject, should we hold it either fair or charitable to believe it to have been Dante's serious wish, that all the persons mentioned by him, (many recently departed, aud some even alive at the time), should actually suffer the fantastic and horrible punishments, to which he has sentenced them in his Hell and Purgatory? Or what shall we say of the passages in which Bishop Jeremy Taylor anticipates the state of those who, vicious themselves, have been the cause of vice and misery to their fellow creatures? Could we endure for a moment to think that a spirit, like Bishop Taylor's, buruing with Christian love; that a man constitutionally overflowing with pleasurable kindliness; who scarcely even in a casual illustration introduces the image of woman, child or bird, but he embalms the thought with so rich a tenderness, as makes the very words seem beauties and fragments of poetry from Euripides or Simonides ;can we endure to think, that a man so natured and so disciplined, did, at the time of composing this horrible picture, attach a sober feeling of reality to the phrases? or that he would have described in the same tone of justification, in the same luxuriant flow of phrases, the tortures about to be inflicted on a living individual by a verdict of the StarChamber? or the still more atrocious sentences executed on the Scotch anti-prelatists and schismatics, at the command, and in some instances under the very eye, of the Duke of Lauderdale, and of that wretched bigot who afterwards dishonored and forfeited the throne of Great Britain?
BERKELEY AND FLORENCE COLERIDGE.
FRAIL as sweet! twin buds, too rathe to bear
O gifts beyond all price, no sooner given
Untainted from the earth, as Christ's, to soar
To that dread band seraphic, that doth lie
Glorious the thought!-yet ah! my babes, ah! still
Though cold ye lie in earth-though gentle death
And the last kiss which your fair cheeks I gave
Is buried in yon grave.
No tears-no tears-I wish them not again;
Ere Doubt, or Fear, or Woe, or act of Sin
butterfly the ancient Grecians made e soul's fair emblem, and its only name— the soul, escaped the slavish trade al life!—For in this earthly frame
Ours is the reptile's lot, much toil, much blame,
And to deform and kill the things whereon we feed.
LOVE, HOPE, AND PATIENCE IN
O'ER 'ER wayward childhood would'st thou hold firm rule,
And sun thee in the light of happy faces;
Yet haply there will come a weary day,
When overtasked at length Both Love and Hope beneath the load give way.
ries of witches, or the fables of Greece and Rome. But there are those who deem it profaneness and irreverence to call an ape an ape, if it but wear a monk's cowl on its head; and I would rather reason with this weakness than offend it.
The passage from Jeremy Taylor to which I referred, is found in his second Sermon on Christ's Advent to Judgment; which is likewise the second in his year's course of sermons. Among many remarkable passages of the same character in those discourses, I have selected this as the most so: "But when this Lion of the tribe of Judah shall appear, then Justice shall strike, and Mercy shall not hold her hands; she shall strike sore strokes, and Pity shall not break the blow. As there are treasures of good things, so hath God a treasure of wrath and fury, and scourges and scorpions; and then shall be produced the shame of lust and the malice of envy, and the groans of the oppressed, and the persecutions of the saints, and the cares of covetousness and the troubles of ambition, and the insolence of traitors, and the violence of rebels, and the rage of anger, and the uneasiness of impatience, and the restlessness of unlawful desires; and by this time the monsters and diseases will be numerous and intolerable, when God's heavy hand shall press the sanies and the intolerableness, the obliquity and the unreasonableness, the amazement and the disorder, the smart and the sorrow, the guilt and the punishment, out from all our sins, and pour them into one chalice, and mingle them with an infinite wrath, and make the wicked drink off all the vengeance, and force it down their unwilling throats with the violence of devils and accursed spirits."
That this Tartarean drench displays the imagination rather than the discretion of the compounder; that, in short, this passage and others of the same kind are in a bad taste, few will deny at the present day. It would, doubtless, have more behoved the good bishop not to be wise beyond what is written on a subject in which Eternity is opposed to Time, and a death threatened, not the Negative, but the positive Opposite of Life; a subject, therefore, which must of necessity be indescribable to the human understanding in our present state. But I can neither find nor believe, that it ever occurred to any reader to ground on