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ed the stranger to his cottage, and, • Time, as she flew, increased assisted by his lovely daughter, re

Their number and their strength.' stored him to life and health. The

Book I. 1. 13. remainder of the first book is em- This is the first instance, in ployed by Alcestes, who, at the re- which we have ever discovered quest of the stranger, describes Time to be of the feminine genthe country of Montalvia, its mon- der. We have always found him arch, cities, and police.

delineated as a venerable old genThe second book contains the tleman, with wings, an hour glass, history of the stranger, a Roman, and a scythe. We should have and a christian, whose name is supposed this a typographical erValerian ; who, having fled from rour, were it not that the book is the religious persecution of his printed with uncommon care. countrymen, after a variety of adventures, here detailed, at length I've followed thee o'er cloud-capt hills,

Oft listening to thy wayward dreams embarks on board a vessel, which o'er streams.'

L. 28. is wrecked, and he alone is saved,

The introduction of rhymes inin the manner already related. In the third book, a mutual pas- is contrary to the usage of the best

to a poem, written in blank verse, sion is felt by Valerian and Azora. He is introduced to the king by English poets. Alcestes ; gains the royal confi

*And o'er dence, and converts him to the Her shoulders fell a shining flood of

hair.' christian faith. The nation fol. lowed the example of their sover- A flood of hair is an affected excign, abandoned their idolatries and pression, ridiculous and unauthorsuperstitions, and embraced chris- ised. tianity. The satisfaction, howev

Azora's voice, er, at this change of religion, was Companioning, far sweeter than its own.' by no means universal. Palladon,

L. 79. who is pourtrayed as

Companioning is a word invent"A wileful priest,

ed, without taste, low, and unpoetHoary in years, and versed in deeds of ical. He describes Valerian, as a blood,'

man bereft of life ; an expression, is determined to avenge the sub- surely, too strong for suspended

animation. verted altars of his country, by taking the life of Valerian. He as

“And nought it has to please or interest, sembles his followers for this pur

Unless it meet an interest in your love.'

Book II. 1. 17. pose, and it is agreed on between thein, that the first favourable op

These lines contain a miserable portunity shall be improved, of quibble. Besides, the word interexecuting their vengeance on the est in the preceding line is falsely stranger. A hunt is then intro- accented, on the first instead of the duced, and the strange adventures last syllable. that follow, seem to have little or “He triumphed o'er the grave ; he liv. no connexion with the main de

ed again on earth.'

L. 127. sign of the poem.

This line is an Alexandrine, and Such is this unfinished and not admissable in blank verse. strange production, of which we Valerian describes himself in shall briefly point out the defects. company with two hundred chris:



now arose ;

tians, retired within a cave, to enjoy The following passage deserves in private that exercise of their re- commendation, as containing the ligion, which was denied to them natural sentiments, well exprest, in publick, when they were unex- of a prisoner in a foreign country, pectedly assailed by their persecu- in momentary expectation of suftors, who entered the cavern in fering execution : arms. He makes his temporary Land of my fathers ! scenes of infant escape in the following very improbable manner :

Ye hills, and plains, ye streams and

tangled woods, * Sometime had slaughter rioted and O'er which I roved, in boyhood's artless raged,

days, When I, contending in the face of

O shall Cælestian never see ye more ! death,

Deceiving visions of the night, away! In hopes that darkness might afford es. Hush not the tumults of the soul to rest, cape,

To wake again to keener pangs of woe.' Flew to the places where the lamps

L. 409. were hung, Dashed them to earth, extinguished The description of the hunt, in all their light.

the third book, we shall cite as the Shrouded in night, and in a cave im- best specimen we can find of the mured,

poet's descriptive powers, which is The Roman soldiers could not now dis

not without merit, though clumsiTheir friends from foes : wild uproar

ly introduced : Confusion fell upon the heathen fiends ;

. Gondalbo's trumpet at the dawn of

day They poured down blows upon each

Had summoned to the chace his sport. other's heads, And in mistake they one another slew: With these came forth a troop of mar.

ful friends : A night more terrible I never saw.

tial dames, 1, purposing escape, in silence crept Along the walls, until I reached the Valerian, curious to explore the wood,

Led by Rolinda, first of all in charms. door : Then calling to my friends, I bade

Where the magician kept his mystick

school, them seize

Accoutred in the armour of the land, The present time of flight, and follow

Mounted a steed, and followed in the me :

train. And springing upwards, o'er the flight His stately form, the grace with of stairs,

which he moved, I gained the street, and saw the moon

And checked the fury of his headlong and stars. Scarce had I time to breathe and look Struck his beholders with surprise :

horse, around,

but most When I was seized by the patrolling Rolinda's eye him followed o'er the

guards, Was bound with heavy chains, and

plains, then was thrown

And most her tongue was lavish in In a deep dungeon, cold, damp as the

his praise.

His courser bounded to the winding Excluded there from light or human


And to the clamours of the noisy I lay some weeks, and would have wel.


That echoed from the hills ; he proud.... I had but little food, and that was

ly pranced,

He snuffed the gale, and waved his And such as hunger only would receive?

: floating mane. When they had reacbed the borders of

the wood.


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Valerian saw with wonder its thick

And gives her back in safety to her shades,


P. 68–71. The towering height of its deep-rooted oaks,

We conclude our remarks by And felt the chill of their o'ershadow

protesting once more most seriousing gloom.

ly against this practice of publishFar in the woods the hunters had noting posthumous works, which can plunged,

never be justified, but where it is Before the hounds from his rude co.

known to have been the design or vert roused A huge and furious boar ; his glaring

request of the writer, where the

publick demand the publication, Shone like two stars amidst the depths or where there is a probability, of night ;

that the community will derive Like to the murmur of seditious winds,

some important advantage from His breath was heard from far ; he champed the foam

them, by the discovery of some inWhich dropped down roping from his

genious invention, or some politi. crooked tusks.

cal information, which otherwise He heard the tumult of the coming might be lost to the world.

war, And high upridging his hard bristly

back, Prepared to meet the onset of his foes.

ART. 34. The dogs that first advanced were gashed and torn,

Collections of the Massachusetts Hise Their fellows fled, the stoutest hunter

torical Society, for the year 1800. paused. Swift as the winds Rolinda onward

Vol. VII. Boston, S. Hall. 1801. flies,

8vo. pp. 280. Nor heeds the counsel of her female train :

THIS respectable institution At the fierce beast she boldly hurls must not attribute the long inter

her spear ; True to her aim, it strikes him in the lications, to any intentional neg.

ruption, in our notice of their pubside, The blood pours down in torrents from lect-Much less may they impute the wound.

to us a light estimate of their laThe monster rages with excess of pain, bours. The tribute paid on a for. And turns his wrath on her who gave mer occasion*, is regarded as justly the blow,

due to their liberal zeal and learned Loud roaring like the storm. Rolin. da's steed

diligence in promoting the knowl. Starts back and trembles, while the edge of the early history and preponderous boar

sent topography of our country. Against him rushes, throws him to the Nor will we plead, as we might, earth,

that we have waited, as though And with him the fair burden which he held.

bound by decorum, for a new pubHelpless Rolinda lies, expecting death: lication to be issued by them, before Valerian sees, he hastens to her aid, we proceeded farther in reviewing He throws himself like lightning from their past labours. We do indeed

his horse, With his long spear he rushes on the hope, that they will ere long favour boar,

the publick with another volume; as And buries it in his extended jaws :

much interest has been excited by He falls, and shakes beneath his weight the ground.

* See Review, &c. of Vol. V.-An. Valerian raises the affrighted maid, thology for Dec. 1805, Vol. II. p. 660.

some original and valuable papers interest readers, as the seat of the in the last numbers, particularly most ancient and distinguished the Ecclesiastical History of our American college. The particuState ; for the continuation and lars of the history, and description conclusion of which excellent per- of the institutions of Harvard Uni. formance we impatiently wait. versity, though not so fuil and mi

The true reason for this delay nute as many of her children may has been the multiplicity of claims desire, include much useful inon the attention of our coadjutors formation. The Sketches' of the to more recent productions, of ministers of Cambridge exhibit which the authors and publishers talent and judgment, and will be have been importunate for imme- read with much satisfaction, not diate attention.

only by those more immediately In pursuance of the method, be- concerned, but by all who are cufore used, we shall give some ac- rious to become acquainted with count of each separate article in the worthies of our land. On the the volume before us ; entering whole, this communication may be into a more detailed criticism, or considered one of the best descripgiving considerable extracts from tions of towns contained in the the more important ; and passing Historical Collections, whether we others with little farther comment, regard its composition, or the inthan a description of its purpose, formation it contains. The fol. .and sometimes no more than a lowing extracts refer to topicks of mere copy of its title.

common curiosity, and will enable Three pages of Remarks on our readers to judge of Dr. H.'s a History of Salem' precede the manner of writing : • Contents of the more legitimate Collections. These refer to the

• In 1639, the first printing press, character, given in the last volume, Cambridge, by one Daye at the .

erected in New-England, was set up at of Roger Williams, which is here charge of Mr. Glover,' who died on supposed to have been too favour. his passage to America.* The first able. Such as feel interested will compare this examination' * “ The Reverend and judicious Mr. with the history,' and also with

Jos. Glover, being able both in per.

son and estate for the work, provided, Mr. Bentley's rejoinder in the

“ for further compleating the colonies, succeeding volume. The result “ in church and commonwealth, a of what may be said on both sides “printer,” &c.—Wonder-vorking Prov. is ably and faithfully reported in idence, X. an after « Collection.' See Ecc. Nothing of Daye's printing is to be Hist. in Vol. IX. p. 23–25.

found. The press was very early in

the possession of Mr. SamuelGreene, The first article, which follows, who was an inhabitant of Cambridge, is. A History of Cambridge,' &c. in 1639, and who is considered as the by Dr. Holmes. This is a good first printer in America. His descen. specimen of the geographical,

his. dants, in every succession to this day,

have maintained the honour of the typo. torical, and biographical knowl.

graphick art. The present printers, of edge and taste of the writer. The that name, at New-London, and New. style is clear; the narrative easy; Haven, in Connecticut, are of his pos. and the reflections generally cor. terity. The first press was in use at rect and useful. This town justly Cambridge, about half a century. The excites the curiosity of travellers, it, is the second edition of Eliot's In.

last thing I can find, which issued from and an account of it will generally dian Bible, in 1685. Some reliques of


thing which was printed was the free. The following expression, in man's oath ; the next was an almanack

note on p. 9, surprised us much : made for New-England by Mr. Pierce,

Chicketawbu was the sagamore mariner ; the next was the Psalms newly turned into metre.†

of Neponcett, which could not have The Ecclesiastical fathers of New. been far from Boston,' &c.

The England, dissatisfied with Sternhold river Neponsit is that which sepa and Hopkins' version of the Psalms, rates Dorchester and Milton. then in common use, resolved on a new version. Some of the principal

" A Review of the military opeDivines in the country, among whom rations in North-America, from were Mr. Welde and Mr. Eliot, of Rox- the commencement of the French bury, and Mr. Mather of Dorchester, hostilities on the frontiers of Virundertook the work. Aiming, as they ginia, in 1753, to the surrender of well expressed it, to have translation, rather than to smooth their Oswego, in 1758,' &c. verses with the sweetness of any para

This letter, which is said, in a phrase ;' and regarding

note, to be from the late Gorerrather than elegance, fidelity rather nour Livingston, and his friends than poetry,' their version, it seems, Smith and Scott, is a masterly was too crude to satisfy the taste of an age, neither highly refined, nor remark- production. It comprizes a view ably critical

. Hence, Mr. Shepard, of of the ambitious and tyrannical Cambridge, addressed them with this projects and attempts of the monitory verse :

French ; a character of those who

most ably and successfully oppoYe Roxbury poets, keep clear of the crime

sed their designs ; with a stateof missing to give us very good rhyme: ment of the importance of the coloAnd you of Dorchester your verses

nies to the mother country ; in a lengthen,

strain of eloquence and argument, But with the texts own words you will which would do honour to any them strengthen.'

statesman. It abounds with those This Version was printed at Cambridge profound political remarks, which in 1640 : but requiring, as it was judg- indicate deep wisdom and thorough ed, a little more art, it was commit. reflection ; and with those brils ted to President Dunster, a great mas- liant illustrations, which display a ter of the oriental languages, who with some assistance, revised and refined it,

rapid imagination and a cultivated and brought it into that state, in which taste. If we consulted our own the churches of New-England used it recollection, of passages which for many subsequent years.'! P. 19. evince these powers, we should

present for the gratification of our this press, I am informed, are still in readers very copious extracts. use in the printing-office at Windsor One, we trust, will induce such, as in Vermont.

conveniently can, to peruse the Mr. Samiel Hall, printer to the His. torical Society, printed the New Eng- original ; and room cannot be afland Chronicle at Cambridge, from the forded to satiate the curiosity of commencement of the revolutionary war, in 1775, to the removal of the “ was by some eminent congregations American army from Cambridge. A “ there preferred to all others in their new printing press was set up in this “publick worship.” I find the cightown, the present year, by Mr. William teenth edition of this Version printed Hilliard, a son of my worthy predeces. with the Bible at Edinburgh, in 1741 ; sor in the ministry.

and the twenty.third (I suppose † Winthrop's Journal.

New-England) edition, printed at Bos. The Rev. Mr. Prince, of Boston, ton in 1730. The Rev. Mr. Prince observed, that, when he was last in revised and improved this New-Enge England, in 1717, he found this Version land Version, in 1758,

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