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And to the ruined peasant's eye,
Down the dread current hurid-
Defied a banded world.
Have felt the final stroke;
The last dread seal is broke."
“ Look forth, once more, with soften'd heart,
Through his friends' hearts to pierce his own!"
Waterloo, by W. S. Walker, of Trinity College, possesses considerable spirit and elegance. A single stanza will bear testi mony to this :
“ Oh Wellesley! on thy conquering sword.'
Their tears the rescued nations shed ;
Around ihy many-laurellid head.
Pyrene's eagle screaming filed,
It glittered on Toulouse's head :
Her eagle wing, and check her Alight;
And wing'd her to a nobler height!” Alike in name, but very dissimilar in poetic merit, is the author of the Battle of Waterloo. But if he has not the genius of some poets, he has at least more than the assurance of most of them. He thinks it “vain to expect shelter from the rich and the great, in competition with such names as Scott, Byron, Southey, Swift, &c.' yet he premises its being possible that this little poem may descend to posterity, when the incidents of so unparallelled a battle shall be only matter of history.' Now what is this poem of which such great things are prognosticated? The following is part of it.
Thirty six thousand British there,
With Dutch and Belgians too;
The fight of Waterloo.
A man of much tried worth;
Curson of noble birth.
Eleven times on, or more,
Though wounded deep before.
His hai he waved on high;
. Among them now let fly!!!
A colonel fought and slew,
He clove his head in two."
“ So sung the Bard, whose lays for years expressd
This is a fair specimen of the song of William Thomas Fitzgerald, Esq. author of Wellington's Triumph, whose muse would never want praise, could her patriotism be viewed apart from her poetry
The last effusion that we have to notice is an Ode on the Victory of Waterloo, by Eliz. Cobbold. Gallantry positively forbids that we should in any degree censure this well meant production of a female pen !' The Lady's talent for poetry is very respectable ; and she never fails from want of genius, The following stanzas have considerable merit :
“ And when the stillness of the night,
Succeeded to the clang of fight,
Then, ver the bloody plain,
A tear from Pity's holy spring
She mourn'd her many heroes slaio,
Bright scenes of future happiness." It is requisite to acquaint the public at parting, that the Poems of Walter Scott, and Elizabeth Cobbold, are published for the benefit of the Waterloo Subscription - an instance of rare disinterestedness in the one, of amiable feeling in the other.
Arr. III.--The Church in Danger ; a Statement of the Carise,
and of the probable means of averting that Danger attempted; in a Letter to the Right Honourable the Earl of Liverpool,
&c. Sc. By the Rev. RICHARD Yates;-B.D. and F.S.A.
8vo. pp. 226. London. Rivington. 1815.
, or that Society-of this or that Sectas inimical to our religious institutions. But none of them, it seems, embraced the whole of the question; in their eagerness to expose one source of danger, they overlooked that which is the greatest of all
This important publication is an address to the Earl of Liverpool, enforcing the necessity of an immediate interference on the part of the Legislature in favor of the Church established in this country, which Mr. Yates states to be in great and imminent danger; and showing the means through which such interference may be rendered practicable and effectual.
It bears the title of The Church in Danger, for the triteness and suspicious nature of which the author thinks it necessary to offer an apology. He confesses that the cry- The Church is in Danger--has often been set up by interested men to serve the purpose of a political party and to “ conceal the real tendency of proceedings inimical to the public welfare :" yet he insists zhat it is possible a patriotic or useful purpose may be developed in an address under that title. Of his purpose we hasten to observe, that nothing but patriotism and philanthropy of the purest kind could either have dictated it, or have guided him in the execution of it. His apology is continued thus : “That I « have upon this occasion ventured to make use of a phrase which « has borne a dubious import, and been employed for sinister «« purposes, originates. Sotely in a strong conviction of its literal s truth and deep importance, in the application intended to be ““ given to it in the following pages.” p. 1.
No subject indeed can be more important, or more interesting to every lover of his country, to every friend of virtue and reli. gion, than the one thus brought under consideration. It is not to the feelings of Churchmen alone that the author appeals. The facts recorded in his statement are calculated to interest every good and benevolent man, whatever be his religious opinions. The object in view is not to assert the cause of the Church of England, as distinguished from, or opposed to, any other religious society ; but to assert the cause of morality and religion, as they may be affected by the prosperity or decay of that Church. And it is obvious, that if the assertion, that the interests of religion and morality are so connected with those of the national Church that they must prosper or suffer together, can be made out ; every friend of religion and morality would be interested in upholding the Church. Mr. Yates's endeavour
being to state the necessity of a Legislative--not to propose a Doctrinal Defence of the Church of England, he has carefully abstained from all those disputed points not immediately and necessarily connected with his subject.
“I beg therefore," he observes, “ to take it for granted that the end and purposes of the Social Union are promoted, -obedience to human Laws enforced,—and the consequent domestic peace, harmony, and prosperity of the State secured, by an established Religion.
“ And by your Lordship, and all who admire, respect, and venerate the British Constitution, it will also be realily admitted, that the Established Church of England is admirably adapted to attain all these important purposes. That its pious, doctrinal, and scriptural Liturgy is second to no merely human composition. And that its tolerant priociples, as developed in the practical administration of its policy during thie last two hundred years, are the best demonstration of the friendly aspect it bears towards the just liberties and rational happiness of mankind." pp. 9, 10.
“ From these remarks it is not intended to infer, that the general en cellence of our Church Establishment should lead us to plead for the absolute and permanent perfection of every particular part; but, that it is one of the most important duties of the Legislature, in affording to the Church the just and adequate support of Law, to supply the means of correcting those weaknesses and imperfections which the lapse of ages may occasion ; and to provide that its powers and capacities of conterring its advantages may be assimilated to ibe discoveries of experience to the augmenting population of the country,—to the progressive improvements of Society,--and to that increasing intelligence, and surely ! may add, that more rational piety, which its own judicious institutions have so largely contributed to disseminate and call into action.
“ From the numerous incidental notices that have been in various ways for sonic time past occasionally thrown before the public, I have long hoped that some more powerful and energetic statement might have called the observation of the government to the impending and increasing