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which contains a number of beautiful passages, and was And shook the dew-drops from their antler'd brows; very favourably received. The second was Weber's And glorious flowers upon the mountain side Overture to the Freischütz, of which it might almost be Drank in the daylight; and in silver streams supposed that the public would be by this time tired; Gold-mantled fish went darting everywhere; but the public will probably never tire of one of the The mighty ocean murmur'd as a child enoblest productions of modern genius. We have sel. Its mother lulls to rest ; the skies look'd down dom heard this exquisite composition better given. The In blue serenity, as if they smiled ;wind instruments struck us as being on one or two occasions a little too loud; but with this exception, the And to the dark impeachment of that man execution of the whole was very nearly perfect. The

No other answer mighty Nature made. third Overture we heard for the first time in this city ;Sit was Boieldieu's, to the Opera of “ La Dame Blanche.”

I LOVED THEE. It is pretty and scientific, but somewhat French withal, and indicates nothing like the reach of originality and

By Henry G. Bell. vigour of conception displayed by Weber. The other

I LOVED thee till I knew instrumental pieces were a fantasia on the flute by Mr

That thou had'st loved before, Platt, and a capriccio on the violoncello by Mr Han. cox_both ingenious and clever. Mr Murray led in ad.

Then love to coldness grew, mirable style ; but we were grievously disappointed that

And passion's reign was o'er ; he did not honour us with any detached specimen of his What care I for the lip, abilities,-& condescension which we think we had a

Ruby although it be, right to expect.

If another once might sip The vocal musicians were four, Miss Noel and Miss

Those sweets now given to me? E. Paton, and Messrs Thorne and Wilson.

Miss What care I for the glance of soft affection full, Noel's solo was one of Moore's Irish Melodies, “ Come, If for another once it beamed as beautiful, rest in this bosom." The music is simple and beauti. ful, and was simply and beautifully sung. Miss Pa- That ringlet of dark hairton's ambition soared a higher flight; she sung Madame

'Twas worth a miser's store; Pasta's exquisite aria, “Ah! come rapida," in a style

It was a spell 'gainst care which justified all the commendations it received. Mr

That next my heart I wore; Thorne did all he could for a curious composition, en

But if another once titled " An Invocation to Bacchus ;" but he could make

Could boast as fair a prize, nothing of it, and neither could we. Mr Wilson has a good tenor voice, which he is cultivating diligently.

My ringlet I renounce,

'Tis worthless in my eyes ; His style of singing, however, scarcely did justice to the very spirited air of Mr John Thomson, with which I envy not the smiles in which a score may bask, he was entrusted, and for which its own intrinsic merits I value not the gift which all may have who ask. secured an encore. There were two duets, neither of which we very much admired. We do not see, by the

A maiden heart give me, by, why one sheet of music should be made to serve

That lock'd and sacred lay, two persons in a duet, who are thus forced to stand in Though tried by many a key a crowded and awkward position. We advise an alter.

That ne'er could find the way, ation in this practice at our concerts in future.

Till I, by gentler art,

Touch'd the long-hidden spring,
And found that maiden heart

In beauty glittering ;-
ORIGINAL POETRY.

Amidst its herbage buried like a flower,
Or like a bird that sings deep in its leafy bower.

No more shall sigh of mine
By Henry G. Bell.

Be heaved for what is past;

Take back that gift of thine, I HEARD a voice, as 'twere of one cast down

It was the first--the last ;By bitter agony,-and thus he spake:

Thou mayst not love him now “ I do impeach thee, Nature! that thou hast

So fondly as thou didst, In causeless malice made me woe-begone.

But shall a broken vow Thou gavest mind to torture me ;-the hopes,

Be prized because thou bid'st By thee first taught to bloom, bloom'd but to fade; Be welcomed as the love for which my soul doth long? The feelings that, like honey in the flower,

No, lady! love ne'er sprang out of deceit and wrong.
Imparted to my heart its fragrance, turn
To bitterness ;-and, haply to keep pace
With this vile sinking of my nobler part,

MY NATIVE BAY.
My very energies of limb decay,
And sadder-feebler than my fellow-men-

By Robert Chambers, author of the Histories of the

Scottish Rebellions,” &c.,
I grope my way through life,-a friendless ghost,
That sits on graves, or stalks among the tombs.

My native bay is calm and bright,
Therefore, my voice is raised—I stand erect-

As e'er it was of yore, And ere I die, I do impeach thee, Nature !”

When, in the days of hope and love,

I stood upon its shore; He spoke, and there was silence. Then I heard

The sky is glowing, soft, and blue, The merry voices of ten thousand birds

As once in youth it smiled, Who sang their morning pæans to the sun;

When summer seas and summer skies And through the forest glades the deer awoke,

Were always bright and mild.

NATURE.

den of which, surrounded by colonnades, is the grandest which tax The sky-how oft hath darkness dwelt,

hitherto been found. At Pompeii, in one of the public buildings dis Since then, upon its breast;

covered lately, some ancient paintings have been found, which are The sea-how oft have storms convulsed

considered of inestimable value. Among these, the following are Its gentle dream of rest!

mentioned as particularly remarkable :-1st, Medea meditating the So oft hath darker woe come o'er

murder of her children, who are innocently playing at dice, whils. The lustre of my thought;

their tutor, at a short distance, conscious of Medea's intention, ia

lamenting the fate which impends over them. 2d, The sens and And passion's storms a wilder scene

daughters of Niobe assailed with the Arrows of Apollo and Diana. Within my bosom wrought.

This is said to be a picture full of pathos, 3d, Meleager deporting for the chase of the wild boar of Calydon. 4th, Perseus delines

ing Andromeda. 5th, A Bacchante. 6th, The Muses. Many other Now, after years of absence, pass'd

curious ancient relies have also been recently discovered. In wretchedness and pain,

Theatrical Gossip.

Mademoiselle Sontag, who is understood, I come and find those seas and skies

however, to be no longer a mademoiselle, has again made her apAll calm and bright again.

pearance at the Italian Opera at Paris, and has been received with

the most distinguished applause. -Pisaroni appears to be rapidy The darkness and the storm from both

gaining ground at the King's Theatre in London; the critics are Have trackless pass d away;

even beginning to think her pretty, Velluti is expected to join the And gentle as in youth, once more

company about the middle of March. The revival of the * Re Thou seem'st, my native bay!,

cruiting Officer" at Covent Garden, a new piece at Drury Lane, the joiat production of two very successful dramatic writes, Morton and Kenney, and the “Red Rover" at the Adelphi, have

kept the play.going citizens of the modern Babylon in good bu Oh, that, like thee, when toil is o'er,

mour for the last ten days.-Another dull week has passed over And all my griefs are past,

the Theatre here ; there was a good house last Saturday, and there This ravaged bosom might subside

will probably be another to-night, but all the intermediate erenTo peace and joy at last!

ings have flagged wofully. Why does not the manager bring

down some theatrical comet to rouse us from our lethargy, since And while it lay all calm like thee,

all other means have failed ? We are glad to perceive he is to reIn pure unruffled sleep,

vive, on Monday, Farquhar's delightful comedy of the “RecruitOh, might a heaven as bright as this

ing Officer," which has been so cuecessful in London. This is Be mirror'd in its deep!

spirited and as it should be; and we trust the attempt will be tended with good success. There was a Grand Fancy Ball the other evening at Glasgow, for the benefit of Mr Seymour, who was lately burned out of the Theatre Royal there. We hope it

was productive of something considerable LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.

WEEKLY LIST OF PERFORMANCES.

Feb. 21.Feb. 27. An interesting volume of Dramatic Sketches may be expected soon from the Edinburgh press,-founded, we understand, on Sar. Wild Oats, $ Free and Easy. what may be termed the romance of the pastoral poetry of Scot- Mon. Charles XII., Youth, Love, and Folly, Carron Side land, the incidents embodied in each sketch having been suggest Tues. George Heriot, 4 Heart of Mid-Lothian. ed by the catastrophe of some popular national song,

Wed, Charles XII., 'Twou'd Puzzle a Conjur or, Cramond We learn with pleasure, that Mr Upham's long-expected His

Brig. tory of Budhism has at length appeared. This splendid volume

THUR. Rob Roy, & The Miller and his Men. contains 43 plates on Elephant 4lo, and is patronised, we under

FBI. Paul Pry, Youth, Love, and Folly, & Carror Side. stand, by the Hon. the East India Company, and by the President of the Asiatic Society.

A LITERARY GAZETTE is about to be published at Oxford. We do not see why it should not be made to pay, though its circula

TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. tion can never be expected to equal that of similar works which issue from the metropolitan press. England naturally looks to

We have not lost sight of the Autographs we promised: they London for its Literary Gazettes, and Scotland, we hope, as are in the hands of the engraver. naturally looks to Edinburgh for its Literary Journal.

“ Crito" complains that it is not fair to postpone the considerORGANS AND PRESBYTERIANS.-We learn that a pamphlet on ation of the pictures at the Scottish Academy, till we have dis. this subject may be expected in a few days; and from what we cussed those at the Institution. We have to remark, in reply, are told regarding the author, we think it likely that this ques- that the Institution opened first, and that we cannot afford room tion, which will probably soon become one of general discussion, for articles on both in the same Number; neither did we like to will be smartly and ably treated.

break in upon the continuity of our criticisms by taking them Mr Upham, author of "The History of Budhism," "Rameses," alternately. This, however, we willingly promise, that if the and " Karmath,” has nearly finished his “ History of the Otto- Academy opens first next year, the Academy shall be noticed first; man Empire,” which is to form two early volumes in Constable's for “Crito" is mistaken in supposing that we wish to show the Miscellany.

slightest preference to the one over the other.-Our Glasgow corMr Samuel Walter Burgess has in the press, the Votive respondent may rest assured, that he will meet occasionally in Wreath, and other Poems.

the Edinburgh Literary Journal with " short familiar papers on A monument is about to be erected to the celebrated Italian interesting and curious departments of science."-We shall be glad poet, Vincenzo Monti, in one of the most conspicuous parts of to receive some prose contributions from “ D. A." of Cupar Pife; the city of Milan, the place of his residence for thirty years. his poetical communications will meet with our best attention

The new edition of the Pilgrim's Progress, preparing for the The “ Remarks on the Astronomical Chair" have scarcely been press, by Mr Southey, is to contain a Life of the Author, and digested with sufficient care.-" An Albumite" will find "Stanexplanatory Notes on the work. This is probably a higher com

zas for Albums," by Montgomery and others, in several of the pliment than honest John Bunyan ever expected would be paid Annuals for 1829.

“ Bonny wee Lily," by “T. V. D." of Glasgow, is good; but, to him. A second edition of The Opening of the Sixth Seal is already before publishing it, we should like to receive something else from

the same quarter.-We have too much original poetry on our announced.

hands, to think of reprinting any selections from the old anthors. HERCULANEUM AND POMPEII.-It gives us much pleasure to - We are afraid that none of the pieces by “ C. J." of Glasgow learn that the most brilliant discoveries are daily being made at will exactly suit us. – The song from Aberdeen, tune, "The meetHerculaneum and Pompeii. In the excavations at the former, a | ing of the waters,"_"Sonnet,” by " A. B.”—"Lore and Friendmagnificent mansion is gradually making its appearance, the gar- ship," by " J.”-and " The Jews," by " Leta," are inadmissible.

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were before we heard them. He was present at the battle LITERARY CRITICISM.

of Assaye, and a variety of other smaller affairs. As soon as peace was concluded with the Mahratta powers

he returned to Madras, and was afterwards present at Tzvelve Ycars' Military Adventure in Three Quarters the mutiny at Vellore. He subsequently accompanied

of the Globe; or Memoirs of an Officer who served in different expeditions to the Islands of Bourbon and the Armies of his Majesty and of the East India Com- Java ; and at length, getting tired of India, he returned pany, between the years 1802 and 1814, in which are to England in time to share the glories of Wellington's contained the campaigns of the Duke of Wellinglon victorious campaigns in Spain and the south of France. in India, and his last in Spain and the South of He does not appear to have been present at Waterlov; France. In two volumes. London. Henry Col. and the peace which succeeded having rendered 'his burn. 1829. 8vo. Pp. 403 and 381.

sword useless, he has betaken himself to his pen.

The best way of conveying an idea of the nature of THESE military adventures seem all to be ainazingly this book, is to select some of the most amusing stories pleasant things, and the military adventurers exceed- it contains, and string them together. Its value seems ingly good sort of fellows. They all tell us in the pre- to us principally to depend upon its anecdotes, and the face, that, being soldiers, they must not be criticised very lively manner in which they are for the most part told. severely for what they write ; and then they go on to spin Without farther preface, therefore, we present our read. a yarn of two or three volumes' length, and, by the time ers with the following: we come to the conclusion, we rise perfectly satisfied that the hero of the story, who performed so many ex- A JOKE ON BOARD SHIP." I shall not dwell upon ploits “ i' the eminent deadly breach," ought to have the manner in which we passed our time on board ship been a generalissimo, though hard fate rnay bave fixed -how we panted under the line-how we rolled round the him only a captain, and put him on the half-pay list. Cape, frequently with more soup in our laps than we Bat if the reader be satisfied that the half-pay captain could keep on our stomachs_how the backgammon. conducted himself gallantly, we presume that the main board rattled from morning till night how we paced purpose for which he wrote his book is answered. We the quarter-deck, when the judge and general did not are no great patrons of these personal military narratives. take it all to themselves how we fished for sharks We suspect they tend to nourish conceit, and to engender how we speared dolphins, porpoises, and albacores ; Manchausenism; whilst it is altogether impossible that nor shall I attempt to paint the pictured agonies of the they should ever be able to convey any coinprehensive dying dolphins, aiready so beautifully described by and useful knowledge. An inferior officer in the army Falconer ; nor the nobler and more potent struggles of is like a fly on the spoke of a wheel; he sees that the the greedy, daring shark, to do justice to which would machine is in motion, but he does not know why or require the pen of a Homer. Neither shall I swell my wherefore. He may write in a lively, agreeable, anec- pages with an account of the visit we received from Fa. dotal sort of style, and his book may be made to bear a ther Neptune on crossing the line, with the ceremonial considerable resemblance to a novel ; but if we look for attending it, as the subject is stale; nor detail all the any thing deeper than this mere surface-work, we shall jokes, practical and verbal, which we played upon each invariably be disappointed. One such book, therefore, other, except one of the former ; and, if it amuses the is as good as a thousand; for they must all necessarily reader half as much as it did me, I shall be content. bcar a very close resemblance to each other, seeing that There was a lazy fat fellow amongst us, who was al. the duties, battles, marches, and counter-marches of all ways lolling or sleeping on the hen-coops, upon whom our young military friends must be as like each other as we resolved to play a trick; 80, seizing an opportunity possible.

when he was snug on his customary roost, we planted It is true, no doubt, that some dull rogues have pub- ourselves with buckets of water just over him.” At a lished their Memoirs, and some clever ones have done signal given, he was jerked off the coop, and soused from the same thing; and this makes a variety. Our present head to foot with such a full and successive torrent of author we rank among the latter class. He is a good. the briny Auid, accompanied by a cry of Man over. hamoured, slashing, dashing, hop-step-and-leap kind board ! Rope ! rope ! Down with the helm !' &c., of writer. His general stock of knowledge seems to be that he actually struck out, as if swimming for his life ; as limited as could well be desired ; but all he needed till a failure in the supply of water, succeeded by peals was a good memory and a tolerable flow of language to of laughter, brought him to a sense of his situation.”set down his own reminiscences. He went out to India Vol. I. p. 23-5. at an early age as a cadet, remained a short time at SOMETILING RATHER DIFFICULT TO SWALLOW. Madras, and then joined the army under General Wel. “ Here I cannot omit mentioning a curious circum. lesley. He there, of course, proceeds to recount a num. stance which I witnessed about this time, a consequence ber of minute incidents with which he himself was per of the privation undergone by these unfortunate bullocks. sonally connected, amusing enough in their way, but Lolling one day in my tent, ruminating on the hard. very little calculated to make us much wiser than we ships of a soldier's life, and on the shifts to which he is

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often reduced, my eyes and my thoughts were naturally other officer, strolling among some buildings, which, attracted to my poor cattle, who stood picketed at a short from their superior order, appeared to have belonged to distance, with nothing to chew but the cud of disap- the Killedar, or some functionary of note in the garri

. pointment, having waited since morning in eager expec. son ; when some groans, proceeding from some of the tation of the return of a foraging party. I observed one houses, caught our ears. We entered, and to our 24. of these, whose well-defined ribs bore testimony to the tonishment beheld a large room full of women, many of scantiness of his fare, gradually stretching out his head them young and beautiful, dreadfully mangled, most of to a turban, belonging to one of my servants, which hap- them dead, but some of them still in the agonies of dis. pened to be within the length of his tether. After gi. solution. Every tender, every manly feeling of the heart

, ving it a turn or two with his nose, I suppose to ascer- was shocked at such a sighi. It could not be our sol. tain the possibility of its being masticated, he seized the diers that had done such a deed. No! the suspicion loose end in his mouth, and actually began to swallow could not be harboured an instant. No human motive it. He swallowed, and swallowed ; and, as the volu. alone could have urged such an act. And so it proved; minous folds of the turban unrolled, so fast did they dis. for, on questioning the survivors, we learned that the appear down the throat of the bullock, until, of at least Rajpoots composing the garrison, who had their fani. ten yards of stuff, there remained only a small bit pen. lies with them, finding all hopes of saving the place to dent from his jaws. I was so amused with the whole be vain, had collected their wives and daughters, and process, that I could not find it in my heart to stop him ; having butchered them in the manner above described, but lay on my couch observing his operations for at least sallied forth, with no earthly hope left, but that of sell

. an hour. Another minute, and the turban, which had ing their lives dearly. Although so completely in opnearly reached its latter end, would have been safely de- position to christian principles, we cannot blame the posited in the stomach of the bullock, to be brought up deed ; horrid and barbarous as it was, still it had in it for cxamination at a favourable opportunity. Just at something of a noble character. It was in consonance this critical moment the owner returned, when, looking with their religious principles ; and it was to sare their about for his turban, he beheld the end dangling from wives and daughters from pollution. The men who pero the mouth of the animal. With an oath he few at the petrated this deed of horror, were the same who after. bullock, and, seizing the only visible portion of his gar. wards precipitated themselves with such desperation on ment, pulled and pulled, hand over hand, and oath upon our Europeans, and not one of whom would accept oath, while the tattered but still connected cloth came quarter."-Vol. I. p. 230-1. forth, like a measuring tape out of its case. The man's PowerS OF THE TELESCOPE.-“ It may amuse rage and gestures at the destruction of his turban, the the reader to be informed, that among my mathematical beast's astonishment at the novel kind of emetic he was instruments, I had an inverting telescope, which I used undergoing, and the attitudes of both, formed a scene sometimes to let my servants look through, that I might absolutely irresistible."-Vol. I. p. 93-5.

enjoy their surprise at seeing the world turned upside MILITARY MOSIC.-“This was the first time I had down, and, in particular, the astonishment they expressever heard the whistling cf balls. The reader will per- ed, when they saw men and women walking on their haps expect that I should exultingly exclaim, with heads, without their clothes falling down. It got about Charles the Twelfth, · Henceforth this shall be my mu- in the cantonment, that the engineer saheb, had a tele. sic!' But candour obliges me to confess that such a scope which could turn people upside down ; without noble idea did not enter my thoughts ; for, however the

latter part of the phenomenon being generally known, harmonious the balls may have sounded in the cars of so I used sometimes to amuse myself by pointing my the Swedish hero, to me they certainly did not convey glass at the women as they passed my window: upon the same degree of pleasure that I have since experien- which they would run as fast as they could, holding ced from the voice of a Catalani, or from the bow of a their clothes down with both their hands." - Vol. I. po Linley ; on the contrary, the noise which they made, as 327. they glanced past my head, raised about the precincts A DUELLIST.. .“ He used to tell a story of one of of my heart a kind of awkward sensation, not at all allied his affairs, which,

though not at all creditable to him. to pleasure, and partaking more of what is vulgarly self, was the best satire on the practice of duelling

that called fear, but which, as a military man, I dare not can well be imagined. I was in the theatre one night,' designate by that name.”-Vol. I. p. 130-1.

said he, and seeing a fellow eating apples in the box A RESURRECTIONIST. -“ As a set-off to this affect where there were some ladies, I took the liberty of poing circunstance, I must describe a ludicrous scene which king'one into his

throat with my finger. The man struck occurred about the seme time, and which for a moment me I knocked him down, and gave him a sound drub; caused a ray of hilarity to cheer the gloom of the battle bing,' (for the Colonel was a famous bruiser.) He called field. A surgeon, whose bandages had been exhausted me out, I shot him through the arm ; and the fool call. by the number of patients, espying one of the enemy's ed that satisfaction. One of the few instances in which horsemen lying, as he supposed, dead on the ground, he was known to have

been right, was on the occasion with a fine long girdle of cotton cloth round his waist, which proved fatal to him. On receiving his antago. seized the end of it, and, rolling over the body, began nist's shot, which took effect in his body, le staggered a to loose the folds. "Just as he had nearly accomplished few paces; then, recovering himself, he presented his his purpose, up sprang the dead man, and away ran the pistol deliberately at his opponent, and said, ' I could doctor, both taking to their heels on the opposite tacks, kill him," (for he was a capital shot ;) but the last act to the infinite amusement of the bystanders. This

ex. of my life shall not be an act of revenge! Words suftraordinary instance of a doctor bringing a man to life, ficient to redeem a life of error !"_Vol. I. p. 336-7, so opposite to the usual practice of the faculty, became COME UP.-" Having passed a pleasant evening the subject of a caricature ; while the story, as may be with

our friends of the artillery, we retired to rest in : supposed, long clung to this unfortunate son of Galen, room situated over one of the stables of the gun-horses

. who afterwards went by the name of the resurrection Here, owing to a little over-indulgence at table, not doctor.'”_Vol. I.

p.
180-1.

feeling readily disposed to sleep, we amused ourselves A DREADFUL ALTERNATIVE. “A horrid scene which I witnessed at this time, made such a lively im- ed our ears through the crevices of the floor. Whenas

with counting the number of Come ups!" which reachpression on my youthful

mind, that the very recollection ever a horse stirred, so as to disturb the slumbers of his of it, even at this distance of time, makes my blood run not much more human bed-fellow, it was “Come up! cold. When the fort was completely in our possession, If the beast snorted, it was • Come up!' If he lay down. and all firing had ceased, I was, in company with an. it was • Come up! If he rose on his legs, it was equal.

ly. Come up! This Come up' is almost the only cation of this kind. Sermons, like other compositions, phrase which an English groom addresses to his horse. have appeared under various titles. Some have merely Though generally used as a term of rebuke, it is an un. 66 Sermons ;” others, “ Sermons on Important Sub. meaning expression; and I do not see in what it could jects ;" others, again, “ Discourses,” preached at some have originated, unless in the frequent necessity of cau. particular place, and so on ad infinitum. Mr Gleig has tioning the animal against that too great propensity of had the ingenuity to discover a new cognomen, and his English horses to come down."-Vol. II. p. 155. are “ Sermons for Plain People.

Å SPANISH PRIEST." He was a ruffian-looking But there is no affectation in the volume before us. fellow, whose chief occupation with the army was that of | They are truly what their author entitles them, doctria a mule-dealer, buying those animals in the country, and nal and practical, on most important subjects ; and we selling them in the camp at a great profit. I was told completely agree with Mr Gleig," that though the shelves by our Colonel, that in the preceding campaign, he was of every book-shop in the kingdom groan under the sitting one day at table with his Padré, when the Patron weight of theological publications, very few have been of the house came to beg that Senhor Padré would go found in all respects fit for domestic use.” We have up stairs immediately, to render the last offices of reli- no lack of Sermons ; but, unfortunately, too many gion to a dying Spanish officer. He looked sulky on of them, after being “ weighed in the balance," have being disturbed at his meal, but could not refuse. The been found wanting.”. Many of them, doubtless, Colonel followed; but, instead of a solemn ceremonial, are pious enough and well-meaning, but of such a naas he expected, he saw the Padré take a crucifix out of ture as not to suit exactly the meridian of the parlour his pocket, and thrust it into the face of the dying man, circle. Some are loose declamations ; others have nei. vociferating at the same time, Jesus ! Jesus !' Per- ther unity nor design; others are mystical and unin. ceiving no signs of acknowledgment from the poor offi- structive. From one preacher we have a dull formal cer, whose glazed eye and quick respiration denoted his essay, to which the text is a motto ; from another we speedy dissolution, he pocketed bis swammy, and de- have high-flying fanaticism, visionary speculations, or scended to finish his bcef-steak and his bottle."-Vol. ranting, unintelligible “ orations.” Few comparatively II. p. 278-9.

are the exceptions; and we are, therefore, glad to find FRENCH AND ENGLISH APPETITES._" On re. Mr Gleig's Sermons of that description that they will turning to my billet in the morning, as hungry as a “ suit the capacities of the very lowest,” whilst they hawk, I requested my landlady to prepare me some will give “no offence to the taste of the highest circles.'' breakfast. She asked what I should like I replied, The Rev. Edward Irving, who is one of the great

Some eggs and bacon.' So forthwith she prepared a apostles of Millennarianism, would have entitled this vodish, containing full two dozen of the former, with a lume “ Orations for Plain People.”

We would redue proportion of the latter ; a pretty good proof of the commend the work to his careful perusal, for we can abundance of the land, and of her opinion of an Eng- assure him, that this style of preaching will prove a lishman's appetite. These French imagine, that be thousand times more beneficial than weekly mystical cause we dine off large joints, we must be great eaters, harangues on the Millennium. It cannot, of course, be when, in fact, we do not eat half so much as they do. expected that we can afford space to investigate at In France, the providing for the stomach is much more length Mr Gleig's admirable discourses; but few, we of an affaire than it is in England. When, in French, are persuaded, whether learned or ignorant, will rise you talk of a man's having spent his fortune, you say, from their perusal without feeling wiser and better.

Il a mangé son bien ;' and the first question a French. They contain faithful and eloquent expositions of our man asks you, on visiting his country, is, how you like duty to God, our neighbour, and ourselves, and as their cuisine. This latter observation reminds me of an such, they ought to be possessed by every family. They answer made to me by an English traveller, to whom, are the productions of a man who is, we doubt not, a on his expressing his dislike of the French mode of faithful parish priest. living, I remarked, that I supposed he did not relish The first Discourse is on “ The Redemption of Man. their cuisine. «Quizzing, sir! said he, rather tartly; kind,” and contains a clear and concise statement of

you don't suppose I allowed the fellows to quiz me!'" the truth, that, as Mr Gleig observes, “it is in the -Vol. II. p. 352_3.

sacred Scriptures of God alone that we may look, not Light reading, spiced a la militaire, will now be per- to a resurrection of the body.” The Sermons on “ Cau.

for the assurance, but for the remotest hint or reference ceived to form the staple commodity of the “ Twelve tion in forming Judgments," on “ The Divine origin of Years' Military Adventure.”

Christianity," and on " Religious Differences, would especially recommend. We shall, however, lay

before our readers an extract from the Sermon on “ The Sermons, Doctrinal and Practical, for Plain People. object of Public Preaching;" a subject which is greatly

By the Rev. G, R. Gleig, M. A. M.R.S.L., &c. misunderstood by too many preachers and sermon-hunt. London; John Murray. 1829. Pp. 303.

ing hearers, and to which we would call their special at.

tention : At first sight the title of this volume, by the Reve.

THE OBJECT OF PUBLIC PREACHING. rend author of the Subaltern, struck us as savouring not a little of affectation. Much, in these days of literary

“ No one who has mixed at all in society can be ig. rivalship, depends on the title of a book; and the public norant that the fashion of the present times runs greatly have too often found, to their cost, that the title was the in opposition to what are termed moral discourses. A | best and only readable part of the volume. We are far, plain straight-forward list of directions how they are to however, from insinuating that this is the case with behave in all stations of life, goes not well down with Jr Gleig's Sermons ; on the contrary, they will, in our either of two classes of persons : it displeases both those opinion, add to the literary reputation which he has al- who affect more than an ordinary degree of reverence for ready so deservedly acquired. But, from the innumer- religion, and those who are habitually profligate and able shoals of sermons which have been, and still are, vicious. The former turn away from such moral haushered into the world, which nobody reads, and which rangues with contempt and scorn. They assert that it is not likely ever will be read, we have been accus- these are nothing more than heathen admonitions ; that tomed to look upon a preacher as more than ordina- they have in them none of the spirit of the Gospel, norily courageous, and a reader as having a more than or thing relative to faith, or grace, or regeneration, or I dinary stock of patience, who ventures on a new publi- know not how many terms, with which men are too often

we

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