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Thus ends The Culprit Fay, of the beauty of which but a faint idea can be given by any extracts; for, to be fully enjoyed, it must be read and re-read as a whole. It is a poem remarkable not only as the richest creation of pure fancy in our literature, but for its great power and absorbing interest; for, though it is divested of every human element, it interests us as deeply as if its characters were real flesh and blood.
THE AMERICAN FLAG.
When Freedom from her mountain height
Majestic monarch of the cloud,
Flag of the brave! thy folds shall fly,
WILLIAM BINGHAM TAPPAN, the son of Samuel Tappan, a teacher in Beverly, Massachusetts, was born in that town in 1795. At the age of ten, he had written several pieces, which gave promise of future excellence. Losing his father when but twelve years old, he was soon after apprenticed to a clockmaker in Boston. In 1816, he removed to Philadelphia, and established himself in business there; but he soon found that this was not his sphere, and determined to devote himself to a literary life. In 1819, he published a small volume of poems, entitled New England, and other Poems, which was well received. In 1822, he was married to Miss Amelia Colton, daughter of Major Luther Colton, of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, and soon after this he entered, as salesman, into the Depository of the American Sunday-School Union, to which cause he devoted the rest of his life, with great enthusiasm and energy. In 1829, he was transferred to Cincinnati, to take charge of the Depository in that city, but returned to Philadelphia in 1834; and in 1838 he went to Boston to superintend the affairs of the “S. S. Union” operations in New England. In 1841, he was licensed to preach, that he might with more effect present the cause of the Sunday-school to the churches.
At this time, he had published two or three volumes of poetry. In 1845 appeared Poetry of the Heart; in 1846, Sacred and Miscellaneous Poems; in 1847, Poetry of Life; in 1848, The Sunday-School, and other Poems; and in 1849, Late and Early Poems. While engaged in the preparation of a new volume, he fell a victim to the epidemic then prevailing in Boston, the cholera,_on the 19th of June, 1849. His death was deeply and widely lamented; for it was felt that a good man, who was devoting to the cause of sacred literature the high gift God had given him, had been taken away in the midst of his usefulness. “With the simplicity of a child, he combined the polish and dignity of the Christian gentleman; with the glowing fancy of the poet, the lowly spirit of the saint; with the severest scrutiny of his own heart, the largest charity for others.”
The following pieces will give some idea of the pure and elevated Christian feeling that pervades his poetry.
THERE IS AN HOUR OF PEACEFUL REST.
There is an hour of peaceful rest,
There is a joy for souls distress'd,
A balm for every wounded breast—
There is a soft, a downy bed,
A couch for weary mortals spread,
Where they may rest the aching head,
There is a home for weary souls,
When toss'd on life's tempestuous shoals,
Where storms arise and ocean rolls,
There Faith lifts up her cheerful eye,
And views the tempest passing by,
The evening shadows quickly fly,
There fragrant flowers, immortal, bloom,
There rays divine disperse the gloom,
13eyond the confines of the tomb
GETH SEMAN F.
'Tis midnight, and on Olive's brow
'Tis midnight; in the garden now,
'Tis midnight, and, from all removed,
E’en the disciple that he loved,
This well-known poet was born at Guilford, Connecticut, in August, 1795. In 1813, he entered a banking-house in New York, and remained in that city engaged in mercantile pursuits till 1849, when he returned to Connecticut, where he now resides. At an early age he showed a taste for poetry; but he first attracted public attention by a series of humorous and satirical odes published in tho “Evening Post,” in 1819, and written in conjunction with his friend Drake, with the signature of “Croaker.” Towards the close of the same year, he published Fanny, the longest of his satirical poems, which passed through several editions. In 1823, he went to Europe, and after his return, in 1827, he published a small volume containing, among other pieces, Alnwick Castle, and that spirited, finished, and justly-admired ode, Marco Bozzaris, the corner-stone of his glory. In 1847, Appleton & Co. published a beautifully-illustrated edition of all he had then written; and in 1852 a volume containing additional poems was published by Redfield." It has always been regretted by the public that one who writes so well should have written so little.”
At midnight, in his guarded tent,
At midnight, in the forest shades,
An hour pass'd on—the Turk awoke;
"This year (1859) has appeared a new edition of his poems, in one small volume, in blue and gold, published by Appleton & Co. * “Mr. Halleck has written very little, but that little is of great excellence. His poetry is polished and graceful, and finished with great care under the guidance of a fastidious taste. A vein of sweet and delicate sentiment runs through all his serious productions, and he combines with this a power of humor of the most refined and exquisite cast. He has the art of passing from grave to gay, or the reverse, by the most skilful and happily-managed transitions.”—G. S. Hilla RD. “The poems of Fitz-Greene Halleck, although limited in quantity, are perhaps the best known and most cherished, especially in the latitude of New York, of all American verses. All his verses have a vital meaning, and the clear ring of pure metal. They are few, but memorable. The school-boy and the old ‘Knicker: bocker' both know them by heart. Burns, and the Lines on the Death of Drake." have the beautiful impressiveness of the highest elegiac verse. Marco Bozzaris is perhaps the best martial lyric in the language, Red Jacket the most effective Indian portrait, and Twilight an apt piece of contemplative verse; while Allwick Castle combines his grave and gay style with inimitable art and admirable effect. As a versifier, he is an adept in that relation of sound to sense which embalms thought in deathless melody.”—HENRY T. Tucker MAN. * He fell in an attack upon the Turkish camp at Lapsi, the site of the ancient Plataea, August 20, 1823, and expired in the moment of victory. The modern Greeks, like the Italians, pronounce a as in father, and zz like tz. This hero's name, therefore, is pronounced Bot-zah'ri. * See p. 400.