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Ton amant gardait sa foi;
Belle dame! Mais il périt loin de toi, Combattant pour notre Roi;
Ah! son âme est donc ravie;
Il est mort!
LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
I cannot raise mine eye to heaven,
To gaze upon thee there,
With terrible despair ;
When we would fondly speak
Than earth's, so dark and bleak-
Convulsions of the bird,
Its flutterings unheard,
And awful fit will fly,
To look inspired on high,
But ah! I cannot do it now,
REAY MORDEN ; and VALERIE, OR THE CITADEL OF THE LAKE.-Copies of these works, which have just issued, or are about to issue from the Edinburgh Press, reached us too late in the week to appear among our literary notices to-day, but we hope to do justice to both next Saturday. The first is a Novel in three volumes, and the second a Poem in two. They are the primitiæ of two authors who have not hitherto been before the public.
ORGANS AND PRESBYTERIAN S-The discussion excited on this subject does not seem likely soon to lose its interest. Besides the pamphlet by CLERICUB, which we reviewed some weeks ago, two others are shortly to appear. The one entitled, “ Observations on the Use of Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of God, addressed to the people of Scotland in general, and to the Members of the Relief Synod in particular ; by a Presbyterian." The other, “ An Apology for Instrumental Music in Churches," which we understand will be from the pen of the Rev. Mr Ander. son of Glasgow, one of the Relief Clergymen in that city,
The Editor of the Elgin Courier announces a new monthly Miscellany, to be called the “ Eloin LITERARY MAGAZINE." Each Number is to contain 36 closely printed 12mo pages, and is to cost only 6d.
Mr Colburn has announced a New Weekly Paper, the first number of which is to appear next Saturday, to be called “The COURT JOURNAL." Its pages are to furnish a mingled record and review of all matters and events, (political subjects alone except. ed,) which are calculated to interest that class of readers who come within what is understood by the “ Court Circle." This may seem to be an interference with the peculiar province of the Morning Post, and one or two other fashionable newspapers; but
SOOTCH AND ENGLISH SONGS FRENCHIFIED.
IV.-Ye Banks and Braes o' bonnie Doon.
Rivage émaillé, doux côteaux,
it is in the hands of a spirited publisher, and we shall see how he ment that such a spirit should squander its strength on Italians gets on.
and Spaniards, and leave so many scenes of homebred joy, and The Second volume of Mr Tytler's History of Scotland is an- humour, and seriousness, unembodied. Why should he seek nounced for the 25th of this month. This volume brings down
abroad for what he can find in abundance at home ? Every vilthe History to the Accession of the House of Stewart; and con- lage abounds with character; every glen has its little coterie of
peasants and politicians: the rustic at the plough, the shepherd tains an enquiry into the condition of the people of Scotland, in
on the hill, the weaver at his loom, and the blacksmith in his those early times. We are informed that Moore has a new musical work in a state forge, are all characters, after their kind, modified by cireum
stances and education. To one acquainted with the fireside enof considerable forwardness, which he designates, " Legendary Ballads.” Many of the old melodies are selected by himself, and joyments, the rustic delights, the amusing absurdities, and harm
less follies, of the agricultural population of the island, a thouothers supplied and harmonized by Sir John Stevenson, his old friend and coadjutor.
sand pictures present themselves, emblazoned with the original Mr Sheridan Knowles' « Alfred” is still in the hands of the Coma spirit and feeling of Old England. Our national poetry, too, is mittee of Drury Lane, who paid him, some time ago, three hun
full of images of grace and beauty; and the songs of Scotland dred guineas for the MS., which the present lessee refuses to give than the whole Royal Academy could embody in a century.
alone contain more scenes of a domestic and chivalrous nature The Management of Covent Garden have expressed their willingness to pay the sum ; but this offer the Drury Lane Committee Edinburgh, on the 6th instant, the Keith Medal, which had been
ROYAL SOCIETY.-At the last meeting of the Royal Society of have declined.
adjudged to Dr Brewster, was delivered. The late AlexanSir HUMPHREY DAVY.-Sir Humphrey Davy's death was announced officially at a recent meeting of the French Institute ; but sand pounds to trustees, to be applied in the manner which
der Keith, Esq. of Dunnottar, conveyed the sum of one thoula ter intelligence has reached this country from Rome, by which we learn that this eminent individual is not only still in the land they should think best to promote scientific improvements
The trustees having had the approbation of Mr Keith, preof the living, but that his health is improving so much as to af
sented six hundred pounds to the President and Council of the ford fair hopes of his ultimate recovery. The first number of an Irish Catholic Magazine, with themotto Royal Society of Edinburgh, as an unalienable fund, the inte
rest of which, for two successive years, should be given as a “ Happy homes and altars free!" has just been published in
prize to the author of the most important discorery in science Cork. In the Subaltern's forthcoming volume of Tales of a Chelsea municated, for the first time, to the Royal Society of Edinburgh,
made during the same period, in any part of the world; but conPensioner, there are six Tales --The Gentle Recruit, --A Day on
and afterwards published in their Transactions. Some time ago, the Neutral Ground, -Saratoga.- Marda,-A Pyrenean Adven
the prize for the first biennial period was awarded by the council ture,--and The Rivals. The work will appear speedily. MEETING OF FENCERS.--This elegant and gentlemanly exhi
to Dr Brewster. The prize, consisting, agreeably to the terms of bition, which is got up annually, with much
taste, by Mr Roland, donation, of a gold medal, and a handsome piece of plate, was de
livered to Dr Brewster, by Dr Hope, V.P.R.S.E., at the meeting takes place in the Assembly Rooms next Saturday, when the combined influences of music and bright cyes will no doubt excite the
of the Society, held in their Hall on the 6th current. Dr Hope Artistes to the most brilliant feats of arms.
then stated, that the discovery for which the prize was awarded,
was that of two new fluids existing in minute cavities in the inteMURRAY'S CONCERT.-We were glad to perceive that Mr Mur.
rior of the crystals of several different minerals. ray's Concert-room, on Tuesday evening last, was filled to over.
Theatrical Gossip.-The Coburg, Sadler's Wells, the Surrey, flowing. As a violinist, Mr Murray is not more distinguished for and the Adelphi, have brought their winter season to a close, ba: delicacy and expression, than for fire and force of execution, are soon to re-open. Ducrow is at Astley's, and as wonderful as Compositions which seem to have been intended to baffle all hu.
ever. Easter spectacles are about to be produced at both the large man fiddle-sticks are to him a mere pastime, and Mayseder or Bal-houses.-Kean has been performing in Cork. We do wonder liot present to him no greater difficulties than he would find in a that he has not been brought here. We have had Miss F. H. Scotch strathspey or Irish jig. We mentioned last Saturday that Kelly for four nights, in whose praise we cannot say much. She Miss Inverarity was to sing for the first time in public at this con- is to be succeeded on Monday by T. P. Cooke-the sailor, and cert. We were much pleased with her debut; she has a rich and the monster. The young lady we mentioned in our last, made powerful voice, with which, after a little more cultivation and her debut in the part of Rosina on Tuesday. She is pretty, and study, she may accomplish great things.
has a sweet clear voice; but, from her inexperience and appareat DAVID WILKIR.-(From the Oxford Literary Gaxette.)-The timidity, it is impossible yet to decide as to her abilities. Her genius of Wilkie is at once original and national. The tranquil, chief fault seems to be a want of animation; and we think it right and searching, and sarcastic spirit of the North is visible in all that if she aspires to the premier role here, she has still a his compositions. He seldom rises into the region of poetry; and great deal to learn.- Alexander is to open the Caledonian Theatre has no visions of angels ascending and descending. His heart
for a month next Wednesday. and hand are with domestic life; and in scenes of household hap
WEEKLY LIST OF PERFORMANCES. piness or sorrow he is unrivalled. He has the excellence of the Dutch school, without its occasional grossness ; and he has added
April 11-17. a tenderness and pathos of his own, which lift his works into the
The Young Quak er, 4 King and Czar. region of perfect purity and elegance. His delicacy is, indeed, Mon. Romeo and Juliet, & Bottle Imp. remarkable; not the delicacy alone which eludes what is offen- TUE3. Point of Honour, Personation, Rosina. sive to modesty, but that nice perception of character, which Wed. Jane Shore, Day after the Wedding, Dou avoids'whatever is broad, staring, and outre. His genius seems TRUR. Jealous Wife, 4 Valeria. akin to that of Allan Ramsay; and he has the same graphic taste, FRI. Theatre closed. and the same skill in delineating ordinary life, which distinguished the author of the Gentle Shepherd; while the freedom of his touches, and the fascination of his grouping, remind us of Burns.
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. On all his early compositions, his native land is impressed very
The Ettrick Shepherd requests us to mention on what subject
we should like his next communication to be. AN we can say x, legibly; and we love him for it.-Since Wilkic painted his first
that with the genius he brings to bear upon every subject, we do pictures, he has travelled in France and Italy, in Germany and not think he can go wrong. Let it be grave or gay-Ferse or Spain; and the character of his later works bears evidence of fo- prose-just as the mood is on him. The great rule we should like reign lands. He has painted Pilgrims at Rome, and Patriots in
him to attend to is, that the sooner he favours us the better. Spain; and had he not done such wonders before, we would have which have been obligingly offered us. The article by ** A
We shall be glad to receive the Botanical and Medical Notice welcomed his new productions and his change of style, as we wish Northern Correspondent" will appear as soon as we can find to welcome all the works of our benefactors. But we think on room for it.-A review of Dr Memes's “ History of the Fine the Blind Fiddler, on the Village Politicians, on the Rent Day,
Arts" in our next.-" R. T. T." of Glasgow makes some sugger or on the Reading the Waterloo Gazette; and the Washing the
tions by which we may profit. The autographs we promised sorte
time ago will be delivered with an early Number of the JetRNAL Feet of Male or Female Pilgrims, the Hymn to our Lady, the In our next, a scene translated from the Wallenstein's Campos Siege of Saragossa, and the Patriot's Council of War, fade away Schiller. before them. Yet there is great beauty of grouping, and nice We are much pleased with " The Auld Beggar Nan." but sense of character, and the most exquisite simplicity, and rich should like to know a little more of its history. There is good depth of colour, in these compositions, and we are not sure that promise in " A Scene at Sea," by "L." of Greenock. We regre:
that the Lines by ". W. A," the Verses " On Spring," and "The they are not the best of his works. But our heart is so intensely Song of the Spirit," will not suit us. national, that we cannot feel their beauty as we ought. We la- Our London Letter of this week is unavoidably postponed.
1 From this survey, I naturally looked up again at the which, when copied neatly into a lady's album, may be mantel-piece, and saw what, in my previous examina- read with much applause ; but though Horace has said tion, had escaped notice ; viz. three or four lizards in truly, that no man can be a poet unless he be born so, he spirits, a tape-worm, and what I sometime after learned never meant that a born poet might sit all his life play. was the dried windpipe of a man, who was hanged for ing with his fingers, and that whenever he opened his murder. Above the mantel-piece, again, were different. lips, poetry would flow spontaneously from them. No; sized bladders of different animals, hanging together the poet must work like other men. At school and col. like a bunch of onions. The pier-glass.such a glass ! lege be must labour ; he must explore the wisdom of -was hung with weeds. I beg the shade of Linnæus philosophy, and the mysteries of science ; he must see pardon ! -I mean plants of every description-green, and become acquainted with the works of art and of dried, and drying.
We have said, however, that the book contains pass. ages which indicate talents much above mediocrity; and, as we are always anxious to cull an author's bes
things, rather than point out his worst, we subjoin seReay Morden. A Novel. 3 vols. Edinburgh. veral extracts, which we are sure our readers will
peruse 6. A. Douglas. 1829.
with considerable satisfaction. They evidently indicate This work puzzles us a little. The author is by no a strong (rather than a very well regulated or refined) means destitute of abilities, yet his book is full of ab. mind, which thinks for itself, and is not afraid to exsurdities, and, what is worse, serious offences against press its thoughts. sound morality and correct principle. In some passages
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. there is excellent writing, strong original thinking, and highly proper notions regarding men and manners ; in despise,
abjure, the cold calculating clod, who thinks,
“ I always love at first sight. I hate, abhor, detest, many others nothing is discoverable but the most care. less composition, the most distorted and erroneous opi. compares, collates ; examines from top to toe by square nions, and infringements, of the most painful and repre- fortune ; dives into petty matters of settlements, pina
and rule; enquires about friends, connexions, interest, hensible kind, on the ordinary laws of polite society, money, dress, liveries, equipages, and establishments ; not to say of religion and virtue. The
general impres- looks into the rent-roll, sums the total cent per cent, sion left by the work is, that the author has talents, and then proceeds right regularly to court; who, seeing which he might have turned to a far better use; but that, not being guided by steady principles, and, moreover,
a dragon in every woman, and perspective families in has produced a book which, by all ordinary readers, of beauty, as the sensitive plant at the touch of a finger, being particularly inexperienced in novel-writing, he every girl, trembles at a marriage where Plutus is not
priest; and fastidiously shrinking from the fascinations will be pronounced dull and disagreeable in the extreme. There is next to no plot; and as the persons introduced retires from the verge of feminine attraction, like the do not in any extraordinary degree excite our sympa
seaman from the wave before the frowns of a coming thies, the incidents connected with them possess little gale. No!. I give a loose to my fancy ;-I revel in
ideal perfection ; I roll in imaginative splendour ; I see interest. Reay diorden is a young man of respectable family and tolerable prospects, who comes down to her with the purity of the vestal hymn of a seraph
my mistress lovely, young, and fascinating ; I endue Edinburgh to study medicine, having previously fallen in love, first with a Miss Dunsmore, whom he has seen choir, and picture her in my heated brain like the un. once or twice at Brighton, and then with a servant girl, fresh. I would wish to be ever thus in love,–my mis
fading flower of Syria, ever blooming, beautiful, and called Susan, whom he seduces, and afterwards writes false sentiment about, usque ad nauseam. Getting tired all its vividness from the mirror of my heart ;-for
tress absent from my eyes, but her image reflected in of Edinburgh, he visits the Continent, returns to London, where's the honour of loving a woman_of behaving lives in the most dissipated and profligate manner, attempts dutiful and kind_administering to her wishes, wants, to commit suicide, goes mad, is taken to Italy, meets there and little numberless requisites-soothing her sorrows with some ridiculous adventures, having again fallen over and assuaging her griefs, when she is young, lovely, head and ears in love with a girl at first sight, in a interesting, and of large fortune ? I question much if wood near Florence, quarrels with her, comes home, and Jupiter himself would have required more to have ren. after writing another volume to make up three, finally dered him a good husband and constant man. No! marries Miss Dunsmore, and becomes a reformed rake. 'tis the loving, the adoring, the marrying—but in this, As a story, therefore, Reay Morden is below contempt; after all, we need not be too precipitate
a woman you and were it not for detached pieces of writing scattered through it, and particularly in the first volume, we do have seen but once or twice, of whom you nothing know, not know what redeeming points it would have possessed. but that she is a woman, and in whom you are likely Even these, however, of which we shall say more imme- to meet all the blandishments of the sex, mingled with diately, cannot excuse the recklessness, in point of mo. reciprocal love ; or, on the other hand, all the miseries, rality, which pervades the whole; and the fact of this unhappinesses, and bickerings in the world :-'tis this, recklessness being coupled with some abilities, only makes and this
alone, that constitutes the honour. The very
uncertainty makes it delicious.” their perversion the more conspicuous, and calls more imperatively for the critic's lash. We are willing to be.
THOUGHTS ON CHURCH-GOING. lieve that this fault is partly to be attributed to the “I am ever willing, at proper times and places, to natural careless hardihood of a youthful writer ; but breathe my aspirations to that Being of whose incomprethough “youth should be fearless and free,” it must hensibility I tremble to think; with whose goodness be put through a course of severe purgation, if it ever pre- and greatness I am ever surrounded ; and by whose sume to assail, in a printed work, those important barriers might the heavens, the seas, the winds, and the tides, by which the decencies of life are preserved inviolate. perform their stated tasks,—the wide world his foot On this score “ Reay Morden” has our severest cen- stool, the universe his resting place ! But it must be sure,
alone, in the thick and silent solitude of woods, and
wilds, and wildernesses, where the rough rocks give misses, like Virginias, going to school, there is no glory to his name, the mountain torrents thunder pæans pretension to gaiety or fashion. The elite do not think to his greatness, and waving forests hallelujahs to his, it quite the thing to be seen often in that street, and you immensurable Majesty !-or in the meditative moments soon become acquainted with all the faces that appear of unfathomable thought, when the soul, forgetting and there ; and as that part of the terrace, which is allotted forgot by things external, loses itself in its own awful to promenading, is not extensive, you will, in the course ness, and turns to an Almighty cause, as the helpless of the morning's walk, meet and re-meet the same per. infant to the mother's breast !
sons so frequently, that you may count the wrinkles in “In public worship, there is much to disturb attention, the old veterans' faces, and the bought curls on the la
the pomp and circumstance of man, many pas- dies' heads. No • Shades,' por Fives' Court,' nor sions brought into action, which slumber in solitude; any place, in short, as I heard a Cockney, who came to and devotion not unfrequently has little to do with the spend a week in the Modern Athens, exclaim, 'fit for internal councils at the hebdomadal purgation. I do a Christian.' This was certainly rhetorical; but aonot wish to be severe or cynical upon the fair sex, when tiphrasis was the favourite figure of the speaker," I say, that I do not think there are many in any one congregation, taken at random, however large, above
A STUDENT'S INVENTORY. twenty and below thirty, who go to pray. Husbands ; 66 There were seven cane-bottomed chairs, one sofa, tittle-tattle; worldly ideas; dress; the confinement a tripod stool, with an earthen jar upon it, and two ta. during the week; a new bonnet, pelisse, muff, or beau, bles,
one in the middle of the room, the other in a are all powerful allurements in the eyes of females, corner. The latter was laden with books, plates, and which, added to the desire of being seen, admired, stared instrument-cases, surgical, astronomical, surveying, muat, squeezed, and talked about, would cause them to vi- sical, and geometrical,--piled up like a chapman's sit the chapel of Satan himself, if he were but to become goods, one above the other, in much-admired disor. a fashionable preacher on earth. Let this not be con- der,' till they nearly touched the ceiling. On the floor strued into disrespect or bad opinion of the down of were boxing-gloves, books again, and masks for fencers. creation. The fault is in human nature, and not in In one corner shot-belts and guns,-half a score of whole them,-'tis in the sex, not the individual. I love and broken foils ; basket-sticks, fishing-rods, and an women too well not to admire even their peccadil- innumerable quantity of bullets, shot, and slugs; over loes. They err from a good motive they dread sin. which lay an iron ladle, used for melting lead. On the gularity; and, being naturally gregarious, wherever other side, alembics and retorts ; a galvanic battery, one goes, all follow. If Lady Evergreen or Alrs with electrical machine, jars, bottles, and vials, sine Sims thinks Dr Crabjaw an excellent preacher and numero, of all shapes and sizes, ever described in a course good man, she bores her acquaintances until they take of Materia Medica,-—from the conico-spheroidal, to seats in his chapel ; and if she have a large circle of the globulo.cylindrical ; - besides stoppers of cork, five or six hundred friends, and money to give them wood, and glass ; Basks, quills, and pieces of leather; entertainments, they follow her like a dock of chickens ; and last, not least, a bladder of hog's lard, pending by and, in a month or two, the worthy doctor's chapel is a piece of whip-cord from the top of the window. Ia va. converted, from a house of prayer, to a fashionable as- rious little habitats, were the relies of pneumatie appara. sembly of scented beaux and ribboned belles. Those tus; racks for holding vials, from which various colour. who doubt what I say, had better visit any of the fa- ed rags depended; while fragments and larger pieces of shionable killtimes,' or chapels, in London, and then minerals, placed in wooden trays, divided into comthey will possibly think less of chapel-going than I do. partments, attracted the eye by their glittering, and reFor my own part, I never visited any of these temples lieved the dulness of the scene. There was scarcely of fashion, that I did not come out infinitely worse than space to move, without stepping on something ; such as when I went in. Iever saw too much to distract attention, little brown paper parcels of powders, pounded minerals, too many beautiful faces, and too many eyes darting and dye substances; and, once or twice, I was thrown contagious love ; lips that pouted a wantonness of rosy into a violent perspiration by the explosion of detona. health ; and forms, and arms, and hands-not to say ting balls. The walls were decorated with many any. any thing of dress.com that made me conjure up in fancy but-agreeable-looking plates of the human body'; and the palace of Eblis, or the Harem of Samarcand. There others, representing what I at first conceived to be diawas so much beauty, and pomp, and human splendour, grams for studying the manner of piling cannon-balls, that the Creator was lost in his own works.”
but, on nearer inspection, discovered to be Illustrations
of Dalton's Theory of Atoms! There was also a cari. EDINBURGH.
cature or two of the late Queen, Sir William Curtis, “ To a young man without acquaintances, Edin- and Lord Petersham ; several groups of human thighburgh, for the first month or so, is the very city of blue bones, legs, and arms, crost and figured, in the manner devils, ennui, and hypishness. There is no part in of armoury, to add to the effect. On the chimney-piece which he can stroll, and mingle with the youth and burned an old-fashioned bronze lamp, with a fale blue beauty of the season ; no arcade, where elegant languor fame, round which were various skulls of animals, and fashionable folly may be seen to advantage; no sa- dogs, hawks, and crows; and, on the whole, this world loon, in which all that is frail and lovely bloom, smile, of odds and ends recalled to memory the remembrance and sigh. It is the city of professions ; learning and of those nameless repositories, about the neighbourhood literature there take precedence of fashion and parade ; of Wapping and the docks, over the black lintels of and, instead of the gala beau and flippant coxcomb, which, in white consumptive-looking characters, is inthat one encounters in the west end of Babylon, the scribed, “ Dealer in Marine Stores. paper-bearing lawyer, and the hurrying medical, alone " I was on the point of ringing, to enquire if I had obstruct the way.
not been shown into the lumber-room by mistake, when “ Even Prince's Street is any thing but a fashionable I was attracted to the fireplace by one of those unseemresort ; for, except a few awkward, meagre looking en- ly smells often experienced in the prosecution of anato. signs, just on commission, and valetudinarian veterans, mical studies, but of which, at that time, I had no idea; wounded at mud-walled forts in the East Indies, with and, on peeping into the grate, saw a heart, which i here and there a pallid-faced debauchee of a medical supposed a sheep's, a calf's, or some other animal's, student, looking as if he were the sentry.box, and not but which subsequently turned out to be a human creathe watchman, of disease, -one or two respectably dress- ture's, in the last stage of putrefaction! I did not ed lawyers, with occasional country-cousins, and little meddle with it, but got this information afterwards.
nature. Knowledge must form the substratum of his • In a recess, which the gloom of the apartment had poetry ; and out of the things that are, he must weave at first prevented me from observing, but which, now bright fancies, which point perchance to things that may that my eyes had become accustomed to the dim light, never be. This is a merit (and no small one) which Mr was very evident, I discovered a piano forte, an Eolian Sillery possesses. His classical lore, his scientific inharp, and a case of duelling-pistols. On the piano was formation, and his habits of industrious research, are a tray of stones from the Mediterranean, as the label apparent in almost every page. If lie describes a tourinformed me, Borneo, Cape-Coast, and the neighbour. nament, the minutest laws and customs of chivalry seem hood of Seringapatan. Bless me !' ejaculated I, he's familiar to him; and he consequently presents many wrong here,' touching my forehead."
vivid and glowing pictures of deeds done in the days of
the shield and the lancé, which even St Palaye, Frojs. A good many more passages, of a similar kind, might sart, or Sir Walter Scott, might not have been ashamed be selected ; but, as soon as this was done, little would be to own. If he speaks of an ancient castle, all the tech. left behind but "leather and prunella.” As a whole, we nicalities of architecture seem at his finger ends ; if he cannot recommend “Reay Morden" to our readers ; ascends a mountain, geology opens up her stores for but have some hopes that the author's next production him; if he lands on an uninhabited island, botany pours will be of a purer and better kind,
her treasures into his lap; the still midnight finds him pointing to the heavens with the wand of the astronomer; and the vessel that bears him to distant lands, carries with it a curious observer of all the natural phenomena
of the earth. Hence Mr Sillery's verses are calculated Vallery; or, The Citadel of the Lake. A Poem. to convey, not pleasure alone, but also instruction,
By Charles Doyne Sillery. 2 volse Edinburgh which ought to be the great aim all writers, and the Oliver and Boyd. 1829.
chief object of all readers. More than a third part of
each volume is occupied with notes, illustrative of the We have pleasure in directing the attention of our text; and even a hasty glance at these will show that readers to this work. It is not without some of the Mr Sillery has not been throwing away the invaluable faults incidental to young writers; but it contains many spring-time of his days in dreamy listlessness a poet, beauties which amply redeem its in perfections, and perhaps, from the cradle, but a poet still in a state of which, while they indicate the presence of genius, also infancy. Mr Sillery has cultivated his mind; and the imply the probability that its future achievements will many indications of his having done so, contained in be of no mean kind, seeing that so much has been done the work before us, is the first reason why we hold it at the very outset. Mr Sillery's chief error is one which worthy of commendation. "leans fó virtue's side ;" his fancy is too exuberant, A second and no less powerful consideration induces and, consequently, his descriptions are too protracted, us to bestow the meed of praise upon our author. Mr and too frequently introduced." Had he lopped off a good Sillery's heart is in the right place. His principles are number of the over-luxuriant shoots, his poem would pure, his feelings are strong, and his enthusiasm, as yet have gained in strength what it lost in length, and inimpaired, is all directed towards laudable objects. would have afforded to ordinary minds fewer opportu. He is a passionate admirer of nature in all her moods ; nities for cavilling and criticism. Our own opinions, he is full of benevolence towards all his fellow.creatures; however, with those of Sir Joshua Reynolds, are never there is none of the littleness of false pride, or of morbid so much influenced by the absence of defects, as by the sensibility, or of harsh misanthropy, whether real or presence of beauty. We observe few errors in Mr Sil- pretended, about his book. He writes, as a young poet lery's book, which may not easily be remedied when a always should, honestly and unaffectedly, pouring over lit:le more experience has tamed the excursiveness of his subject the warm glow of native, virtuous, and healthy imagination, and given additional solidity to the judg. sentiment. Here and there be is prosaic, extravagant, ment. We find, on the other hand, much to be pleased tedious, inflated ;- but these are imperfections we are with, and hail with confidence and gratification this ac. ever disposed both to forget and to forgive, in behalf of cession of a fresh and ardent-ıninded lover of the Muses young genius nobly coinmencing a career where even to to the list of those whose names are already familiar to fail is honourable. We think there is every reason to the public ear.
believe that Mr Sillery will not fail. He is deeply em. We do not wish to praise indiscriminately, or to en. bued with the best part of a poet's nature the warm courage unprofitably; we shall, therefore, mention the affections and generous aspirations of the soul, from two leading circumstances which in our estimation en, which all that is selfish is excluded, and which elevate title Mr Sillery to the commendations we are disposed to eminence, simply by refining the grosser parts of our to bestow upon him. The first of these is, that our au- nature. thor has evidently not taken to writing poetry (as too We do not intend dwelling on the story of “ Vallery." many persons do), merely because he felt his informa. It is a romance of the days of Chivalry, and full of the tion was too limited, and his mind too uncultivated, to spirit of the times. In some respects, the plot is rather permit of his writing prose. It is a common mistake, awkwardly managed, and a poet's privilege has been that a certain susceptibility of feeling, together with a taken throughout, of infringing pretty extensively on liveliness of fancy, are of the:nselves sufficient, not only the confines of probability. The scene is laid princito constitute a poet, but to enable him to produce poctry. pally in Spain, though it changes occasionally to AraNo doubt they will enable a youngster to produce some bia, and, for a cauto or two, to an island (beautiful as thing which may, by courtesy, be termed poetry, and the Isle of Palms) in the Persian sea. Several detached