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Loses he fame the honour he loves well
Is not of earth, but that which seraphim Might prize! Loses he liberty? his cell,
And all its vaults, echo his ra; turous hymn; He feels as free as freest bird in air!
His heaven-shrined spirit finds heaven everywhere!
'Tis not romance which we are uttering! No;
Which maketh him impassive to the test
Is not, ought not to be, man's primary rule;
To do those things which e'en our reasons fool. God, and he only, sees the consequential;
The mind well nurtured in religion's school Feels that He only-to whom all's obedientHas right to guide itself by the expedient.
Duty is man's first law, not satisfaction!
That satisfaction comes from this perform'd We grant! But should this be the prime attraction That led us to performance, soon inform'd By finding that we've miss'd the meed of action, We shall confess our error. Oft we're warm'd, By a strong spirit we cannot restrain, To deeds, which make all calculation vain. Had Regulus reason'd, whether on the scale of use, in Rome, his faculties would most, Or Carthage-patriotism's cause avail, He never had resumed his fatal post. Brutus, Virginius had they tried by tale
Their country's cause, had never been her boast.
Shall Christ submit upon the cross to bleed,
Of this enlighten'd age! Take off the mask!
Thy name, Thermopyle, had ne'er been heard,
A theory for a declining race!
No, let us keep at least our lips from lies; If we have forfeited Truth's soaring grace, Let us not falsify her prodigies. We well may wear a blush upon our face, From her past triumphs so t' apostatize In deeds; but let us not with this invent An infidelity of argument.
Go to Palmyra's ruins; visit Greece,
Behold! The wrecks of her magnificence
As to betray how soon man's glories cease;
The following is only a portion of a series of reminiscences equally luxurious and intense, and which are attended throughout by
that vein of reflection which our author never loses:
Oh, were the eye of youth a moment ours!
When every flower that gemm'd the various earth Brought down from Heaven enjoyment's genial showers! And every bird, of everlasting mirth
Prophesied to us in romantic bowers!
Love was the garniture, whose blameless birth Caused that each filmy web where dew-drops trembled, The gossamery haunt of elves resembled!
We can remember earliest days of spring,
Rising like incense from the breathing world,
When a soft moisture, steaming everywhere,
To the earth's countenance mellower hues imparted; When sylvan choristers self-poised in air,
Or perched on bows, in shrilly quiverings darted Their little raptures forth; when the warm glare
(While glancing lights backwards and forwards started, As if with meteors silver-sheathed 'twere flooded) Sultry, and silent, on the hill's turf brooded.
Oh in these moments we such joy have felt,
When shapes, and sounds, seem'd as but modes of Thes)
Oft in the fulness of the joy ye give,
Oh, days of youth! in summer's noon-tide hours,
From insects' drowsy hum, that all my powers
Who can have watch'd the wild rose' blushing dye,
From white to deepest flush of vermeil stain 1
T' imbibe each sweet its beauties did exhale?
Who, amid lanes, on eve of summer days,
In every satin sheath that helps to raise
The daisy, cowslip, each have to them given—
I had a cottage in a Paradise!
'Twere hard to enumerate the charms combined Within the little space, greeting the eyes, Its unpretending precincts that confined.
Onward, in front, a mountain stream did rise
Up, whose long course the fascinated mind
(So apt the scene to awaken wildest themes) Might localize the most romantic dreams.
When winter torrents, by the rain and snow,
That towards us with a rapid course it sped,
So many voices from this river came
In summer, winter, autumn, or the spring; So many sounds accordant to each frame
Of Nature's aspect, (whether the storm's wing
The low breeze crisp'd its waters) that, to sing
When fires gleam'd bright, and when the curtain'd room,
Contrast, that might have stirr'd the dullest breast;
Yes, in such hour as that-thy voice I've known,
The breeze that bore it)-fearful as the groans
Thy voice I've known to wake a dream of wonder!
Of audibility, one scarce could sunder
Its gradual swellings from the influence
Of harp Æolian, when, upon the breeze,
One might have thought, that spirits of the air
exhibits the same great intellectual power and ceaseless activity of thought, which characterize the Thoughts in London. Mr. Lloyd has taken the common incident of one lover resigning his mistress to another, and the names of his chief characters from Boccaccio, but, in all other respects, the poem is original. Its chief peculiarity is the manner in which it reasons upon all the emotions which it portrays, especially on the progress of love in the soul, with infinite nicety of discrimination, not unlike that which Shakspeare has manifested in his amatory poems. He accounts for the finest shade of feeling, and analyzes its essence, with the same care, as though he were demonstrating a proposition of Euclid. He is as minute in his delineation of all the variations of the heart, as Richardson was in his narratives of matters of fact;-and, like him, thus throws such an air of truth over his statements, that we can scarcely avoid receiving them as authentic history. At the same time, he conducts this process with so delicate a hand, and touches his subjects with so deep a reverence for humanity, that he teaches us to love our nature the more from his masterly dissection. By way of example of these remarks, we will give part of the scene between a lover who long has secretly been agitated by a passion for the betrothed mistress of his friend, and the object of his silent affection whom he has just rescued from a watery grave-though it is not perhaps the most beautiful passage of the poem:
He is on land; on safe land is he come:
Sophronia's head he pillows on a stone:
A death-like paleness hath usurp'd her bloom;
Where was he then 1 From death to life restored!
And oft one might have thought, that shrieks were there Issuing from thence, he drank with ecstasy.
Of spirits, driven for chastisement along
The invisible regions that above earth are.
But when the heavens are blue, and summer skies
From whose drear verge thou seem'st to issue forth:
(Or any wondrous spell of heaven or earth,
Still were they cold; her hands were also cold;
Their wonted rubeous hue, he dared do more;-
Thou art undone, mad youth! The fire of love
She feels the delicate influence through her thrift,
The tale of Titus and Gisippus, which fol-Their lights on him. No, with a lingering skil— lows, while it is very interesting as a story,
Oh, blame her not!—she did awhile enhance
The bliss of that revival, by a feign'd
At last, she look'd!-They looked!--Eye met with eye!
Never till then experienced-swiftly proved!-
They were forgotten! Transport unreproved,
Then all the world was lost to them, in one
Unbound whence Venus sheds upon a kiss
To frame such joy, these things are requisite ;
And antecedent sorrows doubly bless;
And a conjuncture, whence no longer press
This could not last! Not merely would a word ;-
At last a swift revulsion through her frame
O'er her fine face! Titus knew well the cause
Some minutes they were silent. Night advanced;
They rose and crept along in silentness-
Her threshold past not Titus-Thence he fled,
Like to a madman madden'd more with dread! Nor ever of this night, or of its speli
Of mighty love, did he breathe a syllable!
We now take leave of Mr. Lloyd with peculiar gratitude for the rich materials for thought with which a perusal of his poems has endowed us. We shall look for his next appearance before the public with anxiety;-assured that his powers are not even yet fully developed to the world, and that he is destined to occupy a high station among the finest spirits of his age.
MR. OLDAKER ON MODERN IMPROVEMENTS.
[NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE.]
MR. EDITOR:-I trust that even in this age of improvement you will suffer one of the oldest of the old school to occupy a small space in your pages. A few words respecting myself will, however, be necessary to apologize for my opinions. Once I was among the gayest and sprightliest of youthful aspirants for fame and fortune. Being a second son, I was bred to the bar, and pursued my studies with great vigour and eager hope, in the Middle Temple. I loved, too, one of the fairest of her sex, and was beloved in return. My toils were sweetened by the delightful hope that they would procure me an income sufficient for the creditable support of the mistress of my soul. Alas! at the very moment when the unlooked-for devise of a large estate from a distant relative gave me affluence, she for whom alone I desired wealth, sunk under the attack of a fever into the grave. Religion enabled me to bear her loss with firmness, but I determined, for her sake, ever to remain a bachelor. Although composed and tranquil, I felt myself unable to endure the forms, or to taste the pleasures of London. I retired to my estate in the country, where I have lived for almost forty years in
the society of a maiden sister, happy if an old friend came for a few days to visit me, but chiefly delighting to cherish in silence the remembrance of my only love, and to anticipate the time when I shall be laid beside her. At last, a wish to settle an orphan nephew in my own profession, has compelled me to visit the scenes of my early days, and to mingle, for a short time, with the world. My resolution once taken, I felt a melancholy pleasure in the expectation of seeing the places with which I was once familiar, and which were ever linked in my mind with sweet and blighted hope. Every change has been to me as a shock. I have looked at large on society too, and there I see little in brilliant innovation to admire. Returned at last to my own fire-side, I sit down to throw together a few thoughts on the new and boasted Improvements, over which I mourn. If I should seem too querulous, let it be remembered, that my own happy days are long past, and that recollection is the sole earthly joy which is left me.
My old haunts have indeed suffered compa ratively small mutation. The princely hall of the Middle Temple has the same venerable as
pect as when, in my boyish days, I felt my chuckling over the fall of a brother into a trap heart beating with a strange feeling of mingled set artfully for him in the fair guise of liberal pride and reverence on becoming one of its pleading-now whispering a joy past joy in a members. The fountain yet plays among the stumble of the Lord Chief Justice himself, old trees, which used to gladden my eye in among the filmy cords drawn about his path! spring for a few days with their tender green, When the first bottle was despatched, arrived to become so prematurely desolate. But the the time for his wary host to produce his front of the Inner Temple hall, upon the papers in succession, to be drawn or settled terrace, is sadly altered for the worse. When by the joyous pleader. The well-lauded inspiI first knew it, the noble solidity of its appear-ration of a poet is not more genuine than that ance, especially of the figure over the gateway, with which he then was gifted. All his nice cut massively in the stone, carried the mind discernment-all his vast memory-all his back into the deep antiquity of the scene. skill in drawing analogies and discerning prinNow the whole building is white-washed and ciples in the "great obscurity" of the Year plastered over, the majestic entrance supplied Books-were set in rapid and unerring action. by an arch of pseudo-gothic, and a new library On he went-covering page after page, his pen added, at vast cost, in the worst taste of them giddy mazes running," and his mind modern antique. The view from the garden growing subtler and more acute with every is spoiled by that splendid nuisance, the Water- glass. How dextrously did he then glide loo Bridge. Formerly we used to enjoy the through all the strange windings of the case, enormous bend of the river, far fairer than the with a sagacity which never failed, while he most marvellous work of art; and while our eyes garnished his discourse with many a legal dwelt on the placid mirror of water, our imagi-pun and learned conceit, which was as the nation went over it, through calm and majestic light bubble on the deep stream of his knowwindings, into sweet rural scenes, and far in-ledge! He is gone!-and I find none to reland bowers. Now the river appears only an oblong lake, and the feeling of the country once let into the town by that glorious avenue of crystal, is shut out by a noble piece of mere human workmanship! But nature never changes, and some of her humble works are In the greater world, I have observed, with ever found to renew old feelings within us, not-sorrow, a prevailing disregard of the past, and withstanding the sportive changes of mortal a desire to extol the present, or to expatiate in fancy. The short grass of the Temple garden is visionary prospects of the future. I fear this the same as when forty years ago I was accus-may be traced not so much to philanthropy as tomed to refresh my weary eyes with its green- to self-love, which inspires men with the wish ness. There I have strolled again; and while I personally to distinguish themselves as the bent my head downwards and fixed my eyes teachers and benefactors of their species, inon the thin blades and the soft daisies, I felt as stead of resting contented to share in the vast I had felt when last I walked there-all be-stock of recollections and sympathies which tween was as nothing, or a feverish dreamand I once more dreamed of the Seals, and of the living Sophia!-I felt-but I dare not trust myself on this subject farther.
semble him in this generation-none who thus can put a spirit into their work, which may make cobweb-sophistries look golden, and change a laborious life into one long holiday!
is common to all. They would fain persuade us that mankind, created a little lower than the angels," is now for the first time "crowned with glory and honour;" and they exultingly The profession of the law is strangely altered point to institutions of yesterday for the means since the days of my youth. It was then surely to regenerate the earth. Some, for example, more liberal, as well as more rationai, than 1 pronounce the great mass of the people, through now find it. The business and pleasure of all ages, as scarcely elevated above the brutes lawyer were not entirely separated, as at pre-which perish, because the arts of reading, sent, when the first is mere toil, and the second lighter than vanity. The old stout-hearted pleaders threw a jovial life into their tremendous drudgeries, which almost rendered them delightful. Wine did but open to them the most curious intricacies of their art: they rose from it, like giants refreshed, to grapple with the sternest difficulties, and rejoiced in the encounter. Their powers caught a glow in the severity of the struggle, almost like that arising from strong exertion of the bodily frame. Nor did they disdain to enjoy the quaint jest, the far-fetched allusion, or the antique fancy, which sometimes craftily peeped out on them amidst their laborious researches. Poor TW. was one of the last of the race. He was the heartiest and most romantic of special pleaders. Thrice happy was the attorney who could engage him to a steak or broiled fowl in the old coffee room in Fleet-street, were I have often met him. How would he then dilate, in the warmth of his heart, on all his professional triumphs-now
wring, and arithmetic, were not commonly diffused among them; and on the diffusion of these they ground their predictions of a golden" age. And were there then no virtuous hardihood, no guileless innocence, no affections stronger than the grave, in that mighty lapse of years which we contemptuously stigmatize as dark! Are disinterested patriotism, con-jugal love, open-handed hospitality, meek selfsacrifice, and chivalrous contempt of danger and of death, modern inventions? Has man'sgreat birth-right been in abeyance even until now? Oh, no! The Chaldæan shepherd did not cast his quiet gaze through weeks and years in vain to the silent skies. He knew not, indeed, the discoveries of science, which have substituted an immense variety of figures on space and distance, for the sweet influences of the stars; yet did the heavens tell to him the glory of God, and angel faces smile on him from the golden clouds. Book-learning is, perhaps, the least part of the education of
the species. Nature is the mightiest and the such a change as shall make the printed Bible kindliest of teachers. The rocks and unchang-alone the means of regenerating the species. ing hills give to the heart the sense of a dura- An age of Bibles" may not be an age of tion beyond that of the perishable body. The Christian charity and hope. The word of God flowing stream images to the soul an everlast-may not be revered the more by becoming a ing continuity of tranquil existence. "The common book in every coltage, and a drug in brave o'er-hanging firmament," even to the the shop of every pawnbroker. It was surely most rugged swain, imparts some conscious-neither known nor revered the less when it ness of the universal brotherhood of those over was a rare treasure, when it was proscribed whom it hangs. The affections ask no leave by those who sat in high places, and its torn of the understanding to "glow and spread and leaves and fragments were cherished even kindle," to shoot through all the frame a tre- unto death. In those days, when a single mulous joy, or animate to holiest constancy.copy chained to the desk of the church was We taste the dearest blessedness of earth in alone in extensive parishes, did it diffuse less our childhood, before we have learned to ex- sweetness through rustic hearts than now, press it in mortal language. Life has its uni- when the poor are almost compelled to possess versal lessons far beyond human lore. Kind-it? How then did the villagers flock from disness is as cheering, sorrow as purifying, and tant farms, cheered in their long walks by the aspect of death as softening to the ignorant thoughts not of this world, to converse for a in this world's wisdom, as to the scholar. The short hour with patriarchs, saints, and apostles! purest delights grow beneath our feet, and all How did they devour the venerable and wellwho will stoop may gather them. While sages worn page with tearful eyes, or listen delighted lose the idea of the Universal Parent in their to the voice of one gifted above his fellows, subtleties, the lowly "FEEL after Him and find who read aloud the oracles of celestial wisdom! Him." Sentiment precedes reason in point of What ideas of the Bible must they have entime, and is a surer guide to the noblest reali-joyed, who came many a joyful pilgrimage to ties. Thus man hopes, loves, reveres, and en- hear or to read it! Yet even more precious was joys, without the aid of writing or of the press the enjoyment of those who, in times of perseto inspire or direct him. Many of his feelings cution, snatched glances in secret at its pages, are even heartier and more genuine before he and thus entered, as by stealth, into the parahas learned to describe them. He does not disiacal region, to gather immortal fruits and perpetually mistake words for things, nor cul- listen to angel voices. The word of God was tivate his faculties and affections for a dis- dearer to them than house, land, or the "ruddy cerning public. His aspirations "are raised, drops which warmed their hearts." Instead of not marked." If he is gifted with divine ima- the lamentable weariness and disgust with gination, he may walk in glory and in joy which the young now too often turn from the beside his plough upon the mountain side," perusal of the Scriptures, they heard with mute without the chilling idea that he must make attention and serious joy the histories of the Old the most of his sensations to secure the ap-Testament and the parables of the New. They plause of gay saloons or crowded theatres.heard with revering sympathy of Abraham reThe deepest impressions are worn out by the ceiving seraphs unawares-of Isaac walking multiplication of their copies. Talking has out at eventide to meditate, and meeting the almost usurped the place of acting and of feel-holy partner of his days-of Jacob's dream, and ing; and the world of authors seem as though of that immortal Syrian Shepherdess, for whose their hearts were but paper scrolls, and ink, instead of blood, were flowing in their veins. "The great events with which old story rings, seem vain and hollow." If all these evils will not be extended by what is falsely termed the Education of the Poor, let us at least be on our guard lest we transform our peasantry from men into critics, teach them scorn instead of humble hope, and leave them nothing to love, to revere, or to enjoy!
love he served a hard master fourteen years, which seemed to him but a few days-of Joseph the beloved, the exile, the tempted, and the forgiver-of all the wonders of the Jewish story-and of the character and sufferings of the Messiah. These things were to them at once august realities, and surrounded with a dream-like glory from afar. "Heaven lay about them in their infancy." They preserved the purity-the spirit of meek submission-the The Bible Society, founded and supported, patient confiding love of their childhood in no doubt, from the noblest motives, also puts their maturest years. They, in their turn, inforth pretensions which are sickening. Its ad-stilled the sweetness of Christian charity, drop vocates frequently represent it as destined to by drop, into the hearts of their offspring, and change all earth into a paradise. That a com-left their example as a deathless legacy. plete triumph of the principles of the Bible Surely this was better than the dignified pawould bring in the happy state which they look tronage now courted for the Scriptures, or the for can never be disputed; but the history of pompous eulogies pronounced on them by our religion affords no ground for anticipating rival orators! The reports of anniversaries such a result from the unaided perusal of its of the Bible Society are often, to me, inexprespages. Deep and extensive impressions of the sibly nauseous. The word of God is praised truths of the gospel have never been made by in the style of eulogy employed on a common mere reading, but always by the exertions of book by a friendly reviewer. It is evidently living enthusiasm in the holy cause. Provi- used as a theme to declaim on. But the praise dence may, indeed, in its inscrutable wisdom, of the Bible is almost overshadowed by the impart new energy to particular instruments; flatteries lavished on the nobleman or county but there appears no sufficient indication of member who has condescended to preside, and