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Jet-black, save where some touch of grey
More than the dooin that spoke me dead!” (P. 158.)
“ Courteous, but stern, a bold request
Then do me but the soldier grace,
Where we may meet in fight;
Thou art a noble knight.'-
But, for your brave request,
Upon my helmet-crest;
It shall be well redress'd.
Than this which thou hast given!
And then--what pleases Heaven." (P.87-89.) ;
The calm magnanimity of Bruce when he heard the intelligence of the death of his powerfid enemy, the King of England, is finely contrasted with the fiery vengeance of his brother Edward :
“ Still stood the Bruce-his steady cheek
But then his colour rose:
And vengeance on thy foes !
My joy o'er Edward's bier;
And well may vouch it here,
And to his people dear.'-
The eager Edward said;
And dies not with the dead !
As his last accents pray'd
Each rebel corpse was laid !
Mineas enduring, deep, and strong!" (P. 130–132.) We cannot help extracting the last interesting scene between Bruce and de Argentine, whose high-toned honour and towering spirit have such a moral sublimity about them as always to extort our admiration, however we may in part disapprove of the principle on which they are founded. The battle of Bannochburn being irretrievably lost by the English, de Argentine ac
companies his sovereign from the fatal field to the summit of a hill, and then in a tone of manly but melancholy feeling addresses him;
“• In yonder field a gage I left,
I needs must turn again,
I know his banner well.
Once more, my Liege, farewell.'—
Must close this race of mine.'
· Saint James for Argentine !"" (P. 266.)
“ • Save, save his life,' he cried, “O save
The wounded knight drew near.
The effort was in vain!
He stumbled on the plain.
Lord Earl, the day is thine!
Yet this may Argentine,
It stiffen'd and grew cold
The arm in battle bold,
The courteous mien, the noble race,
Torch never gleam'd nor mass was said !"” (P.268—270.) It must, however, be acknowledged that extracts can afford but a very inadequate notion of the general merit of any wellconstructed poem, where the harmony and proportion of the respective parts mutually relieve and support each other: the figures detached from the frieze can show the workmanship of the artist, but not the genius of his composition. On this account we made our last citation with some degree of reluctance, for good as it is apart by itself, yet it has a ten-fold value when casting its tender shade over a portion of one of the most brilliant and varied battle pieces which is, perhaps, to be found in the whole range of poetry; where the truth of history is brought out in its boldest and finest forms by the aid of the most skilful contrasts, natural and moral. For similar reasons we have forborne to dislocate the compact mass of the 2d Canto, a Canto written under the happiest inspiration of poetry, and equally distinguished for boldness of conception, vigour of judgment, and accuracy of delineation. Of the versification sufficient examples have been selected to enable our readers to form an opinion of its general harmony; which general harmony, however, is not without a tolerably copious sprinkling of discords. Master as Mr. Scott is of versification, and easy as he finds the management of the most complicated stanza to be, we are somewhat chagrined at his frequent change of metre, which draws off the attention too much from the subject to its mere vehicle. We believe that many readers of the Lord of the Isles have been so much puzzled with these variations, that, diverted from the career of the poem, they have completely lost themselves in connecting and reconciling the rhythm and the rhymes. .
Little remains to be added respecting the general character of the poem, for we have before considered the story and its principal personages, and if there be some deficiency in these which may be fairly blamed, still the meed of praise will remain sufficiently large to gratify the ambition of any literary chief, who does not claim the attribute of never doing wrong. Allowing that the first Canto is broken into too many parts, and that the third, by the too frequent interruption of the narrative, creates some impatience, yet these faults find nearly an apology in the descriptions by which they are occasioned-descriptions which are not only boldly sketched, but correctly finished, and whose horrors are aggravated by beings more terrific than the shivered crags among which they are found. With these abatements we
have nearly all that we could wish. A chivalrous spirit, which rises far above the grovelling passions, curbing the violence of hatred and revenge amidst all the provocations of civil feuds and irregular warfare, diffuses an air of magnanimity over the whole poem, and gives it a brilliant expression of moral beauty. In genuine poetry, though not in interest, the Lord of the Isles is superior to all Mr. Scott's preceding poems; and it possesses, that quality, in which modern poetry is for the most part lamentably deficient, the dignity of usefulness.
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ART. VI. A brief Account of the Jesuits, with historical Proofs in
Support of it, tending to establish the Danger of the Revival of · that Order to the World at large, and to the United Kingdom in
particular. 8vo. pp. 64. London. Rivingtons, Hatchard, &c. Kings had begun very quietly to die in their beds; combustibles had ceased to be discovered in the cellars of parliament-houses; no heathen convert had for a long time been murdered, to prevent his relapse; no protestant throne had been declared vacant with the king upon it; no Christian missionary had essayed to identify the family of Christ with that of Brama ; no additional volume of Secreta Monita' had been dragged to the light of day; plots and intrigues had almost ceased to break the monotony of courts : in short, the world was rapidly subsiding into a state of religious tranquillity very unfavourable to genius and reform, when the good and wise hyperborean emperor, Paul, in the year 1801, decreed the restoration of the order of Jesuits. His il lustrious example was followed in Sardinia by King Ferdinand, in 1804. And the present Pope, scorning to be outdone by any secular body, in his zeal for the real welfare of mankind, issued; in August 1814, a bull, re-establishing, by infallible' authority, this much injured and much longed for society. It may be well to examine the reasons which the head of the Catholic Church assigns for so important an act. And for these we refer our readers to the very reasonable and satisfactory pamphlet before us. The Bull first states it to be the duty of the Pope to employ all his power “ to supply the spiritual wants of the Catholic;" and then adds, that he should “ deem himself guilty of a great crime towards God, if, amidst the dangers of the Christian republic, he should neglect to employ the aids which the special providence of God had put in his power, and if, placed in the bark of St. Peter and tossed by continual storms, he should refuse to employ the vigorous and experienced rowers who volunteer their