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No! weep not that the ruin-trace
Of wasting time is seen, Around the form and in the face
Where beauty's bloom has been. But mourn the inward wreck we feel
As hoary years depart,
Young feelings from the heart !
[Picture of War.] Spirit of light and life! when battle rears Her fiery brow and her terrific spears ; When red-mouthed cannon to the clouds uproar, And gasping thousands make their beds in gore, While on the billowy bosom of the air Roll the dead notes of anguish and despair! Unseen, thou walk’st upon the smoking plain, And hear’st each groan that gurgles from the slain! List! war-peals thunder on the battle-field ; And many a hand grasps firm the glittering shield, As on, with helm and plume, the warriors come, And the glad hills repeat their stormy drum! And now are seen the youthful and the gray, With bosoms firing to partake the fray; The first, with hearts that consecrate the deed, All eager rush to vanquish or to bleed ! Like young waves racing in the morning sun, That rear and leap with reckless fury on! But mark yon war-worn man, who looks on high, With thought and valour mirrored in his eye! Not all the gory revels of the day Can fright the vision of his home away; The home of love, and its associate smiles, His wife's endearment, and his baby's wiles: Fights he less brave through recollected bliss, With step retreating, or with sword remiss ? Ah no! remembered home's the warrior's charm, Speed to his sword, and vigour to his arm; For this he supplicates the god afar, Fronts the steeled foe, and mingles in the war The cannon's hushed !--nor drum, nor clarion sound; Helmet and hauberk gleam upon the ground; Horseman and horse lie weltering in their gore; Patriots are dead, and heroes dare no more; While solemnly the moonlight shrouds the plain, And lights the lurid features of the slain ! And see ! on this rent mound, where daisies sprung, A battle-steed beneath his rider flung; Oh! never more he'll rear with fierce delight, Roll his red eyes, and rally for the fight ! Pale on his bleeding breast the warrior lies, While from his ruffled lids the white swelled eyes Ghastly and grimly stare upon the skies! Afar, with bosom bared unto the breeze, White lips, and glaring eyes, and shivering knees, A widow o'er her martyred soldier moans, Loading the night-wind with delirious groans ! Her blue-eyed babe, unconscious orphan he! So sweetly prattling in his cherub glee, Leers on his lifeless sire with infant wile, And plays and plucks him for a parent's smile ! But who, upon the battle-wasted plain, Shall count the faint, the gasping, and the slain ? Angel of Mercy! ere the blood-fount chill, And the brave heart be spiritless and still, Amid the havoc thou art hovering nigh, To calm each groan, and close each dying eye, And waft the spirit to that halcyon shore, Where war's loud thunders lash the winds no more!
The Hon. and Rev. WILLIAM HERBERT published in 1806 a series of translations from the Norse, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. Those from the Norse, or Icelandic tongue, were generally admired, and the author was induced to venture on an original poem founded on Scandinavian history and manners. The work was entitled Helga, and was published in 1815. We extract a few lines descriptive of a northern spring, bursting out at once into verdure :
Yestreen the mountain's rugged brow
The heathcock claps his wings and crows. After a long interval of silence Mr Herbert came forward in 1838 with an epic poem entitled Attila, founded on the establishment of Christianity by the discomfiture of the mighty attempt of the Gothic king to establish a new antichristian dynasty upon the wreck of the temporal power of Rome at the end of the term of 1200 years, to which its duration had been limited by the forebodings of the heathens.
Musings on Eternity,
(From Attila.'] How oft, at midnight, have I fixed my gaze Upon the blue unclouded firmament, With thousand spheres illumined; each perchance The powerful centre of revolving worlds ! Until, by strange excitement stirred, the mind Hath longed for dissolution, so it might bring Knowledge, for which the spirit is athirst, Open the darkling stores of hidden time, And show the marvel of eternal things, Which, in the bosom of immensity, Wheel round the God of nature. Vain desire!
Beneath the wings of Time;
That once was raised sublime.
No dumb delight can speak;
Joy-tints upon the cheek.
Enough To work in trembling my salvation here, Waiting thy summons, stern mysterious Power, Who to thy silent realm hast called away All those whom nature twined around my heart In my fond infancy, and left me here Denuded of their love!
Where are ye gone,
For thee, my country, thee, do I perform,
Fortunately the genius of Elliott has redeemed his errors of taste: his delineation of humble virtue and affection, and his descriptions of English scenery, are excellent. He writes from genuine feelings and impulses, and often rises into pure sentiment and eloquence. The Corn-Law Rhymer, as he has been called, was born in 1781 at Masbrough, a village near Sheffield. He has passed an industrious youth and middle age in a branch of the well known manufactures of his native district, from which manual toil was not in his case excluded; and he now enjoys the comparatively easy circumstances merited by his labours as well as his genius.
EBENEZER ELLIOTT. EBENEZER ELLIOTT, sprung from the manufacturing poor of England, and early accustomed to toil and privation, derived, like Clare, a love of poetry from the perusal of Thomson. Being thrown among a town population, he became a politician, and imbibed opinions rarely found among the peasantry.
To the Bramble Florer.
Wild bramble of the brake!
I love it for his sake.
O'er all the fragrant bowers,
Thy satin-threaded flowers;
That cannot feel how fair,
Thy tender blossoms are !
How rich thy branchy stem!
And thou sing'st hymns to them;
And 'mid the general hush,
Lone whispering through the bush!
The hawthorn flower is dead;
Hath laid her weary head;
In all their beauteous power,
And boyhood’s blossomy hour.
Thou bidd'st me be a boy,
In freedom and in joy.
O'er rocks, that crowned yon time-dark heights of yore,
Now, tyrant like, dethroned, to crush the weak no more. He has followed Crabbe in depicting the condition of The young are with us yet, and we with them : the poor as miserable and oppressed, tracing most of O thank the Lord for all he gives or takes the evils he deplores to the social and political in- The withered bud, the living flower, or gem! stitutions of his country. The laws relating to the And he will bless us when the world forsakes ! importation of corn have been denounced by Elliott Lo! where thy fisher-born, abstracted, takes, as specially afflictive of the people, and this he has with his fixed eyes, the trout he cannot see ! done with a fervour of manner and a harshness of Lo! starting from his earnest dream, he wakes ! phraseology, which ordinary minds feel as repulsive, While our glad Fanny, with raised foot and knee, even while acknowledged as flowing from the offended Bears down at Noe's side the bloom-bowed hawthorn benevolence of the poet.
Dear children! when the flowers are full of bees; To flow unseen, repent, and sin no more!
Sighing, ye wake, and sigbing, sink to sleep,
How fair the wintry sunbeam when it shines! Blithe truants in the bright and breeze-blessed day,
Your foliage, where no summer leaf is seen, Far from the town—where stoop the sons of care
Sweetly embroiders earth's white veil with green ; O'er plans of mischief, till their souls turn gray,
And your broad branches, proud of storm-tried And dry as dust, and dead-alive are they
strength, Of all self-buried things the most unblessed :
Stretch to the winds in sport their stalwart length, O Morn! to them no blissful tribute pay!
And calmly wave, beneath the darkest hour, O Night's long-courted slumbers ! bring no rest
The ice-born fruit, the frost-defying flower. To men who laud man's foes, and deem the basest Let luxury, sickening in profusion's chair, best!
Unwisely pamper his unworthy heir,
And, while he feeds him, blush and tremble too! God! would they handcuff thee ! and, if they could But love and labour, blush not, fear not you ! Chain the free air, that, like the daisy, goes
Your children (splinters from the mountain's side), To every field; and bid the warbling wood
With rugged hands, shall for themselves provide. Exchange no music with the willing rose
Parent of valour, cast away thy fear! For love-sweet odours, where the woodbine blows Mother of men, be proud without a tear! And trades with every cloud, and every beam While round your hearth the wo-nursed virtues move, Of the rich sky! Their gods are bonds and blows, And all that manliness can ask of love; Rocks, and blind shipwreck; and they hate the Remember Hogarth, and abjure despair; stream
Remember Arkwright, and the peasant Clare. That leaves them still behind, and mocks their change- Burns, o'er the plough, sung sweet his wood-notes wild, less dream.
And richest Shakspeare was a poor man's child. They know ye not, ye flowers that welcome me, Sire, green in age, mild, patient, toil-inured, Thus glad to meet, by trouble parted long !
Endure thine evils as thou hast endured. They never saw ye-never may they see
Behold thy wedded daughter, and rejoice! Your dewy beauty, when the throstle's song
Hear hope's sweet accents in a grandchild's voice! Floweth like starlight, gentle, calm, and strong!
See freedom's bulwarks in thy sons arise,
And should some new Napoleon's curse subdue
All hearths but thine, let him behold them too, Embrace a chosen flower, and love it as a bride!
And timely shun a deadlier Waterloo.
Northumbrian vales ! ye saw, in silent pride, Blue Eyebright!* loveliest flower of all that grow In flower-loved England! Flower, whose hedge-side when, poor, yet learned, he wandered young and free,
The pensive brow of lowly Akenside, gaze
And felt within the strong divinity. Is like an infant's! What heart doth not know
Scenes of his youth, where first he wooed the Nine, Thee, clustered smiler of the bank! where plays
His spirit still is with you, vales of Tyne! The sunbeam with the emerald snake, and strays As when he breathed, your blue-belled paths along, The dazzling rill, companion of the road
The soul of Plato into British song. Which the lone bard most loveth, in the days
Born in a lowly hut an infant slept, When hope and love are young! O come abroad,
Dreamful in sleep, and, sleeping, smiled or wept: Blue Eyebright ! and this rill shall woo thee with an Silent the youth-the man was grave and shy: ode.
His parents loved to watch his wondering eye: Awake, blue Eyebright, while the singing wave And lo! he waved a prophet's hand, and gave, Its cold, bright, beauteous, soothing tribute drops Where the winds soar, a pathway to the wave! From many a gray rock's foot and dripping cave; From hill to hill bade air-hung rivers stride, While yonder, 1o, the starting stone-chat hops ! And flow through mountains with a conqueror's pride: While here the cottar's cow, its sweet food crops ; O’er grazing herds, lo! ships suspended sail, While black-faced ewes and lambs are bleating there; And Brindley's praise hath wings in every gale! And, bursting through the briers, the wild ass stops The worm came up to drink the welcome shower; Kicks at the strangers—then turns round to stare- The redbreast quaffed the raindrop in the bower; Then lowers his large red ears, and shakes his long The flaskering duck through freshened lilies swam; dark hair.
The bright roach took the fly below the dam;
Ramped the glad colt, and cropped the pensile spray; [Pictures of Native Genius.]
No more in dust uprose the sultry way; O faithful love, by poverty embraced !
The lark was in the cloud; the woodbine hung
More sweetly o'er the chaffinch while he sung;
And the wild rose, from every dripping bush,
Beheld on silvery Sheaf the mirrored blush ;
When calmly seated on his panniered ass, And she, thy mate, when coldest blows the storm,
Where travellers hear the steel hiss as they pass, Clings then most fondly to thy guardian forin; E'en as thy taper gives intensest light,
A milkboy, sheltering from the transient storm, When o'er thy bowed roof darkest falls the night.
Chalked, on the grinder's wall, an infant's form; Oh, if thou e'er hast wronged her, if thou e'er
Young Chantrey smiled; no critic praised or blamed; From those mild eyes hast caused one bitter tear
And golden promise smiled, and thus exclaimed:
'Go, child of genius! rich be thine increase; * The Geornander Speedwell. Go-be the Phidias of the second Greece!'
simile of the swan flinging aside the turbid drops' [Apostrophe to Futurity.]
from her snowy wing is certainly worthy of Ye rocks! ye elements! thou shoreless main, Byron. In whose blue depths, worlds, ever voyaging, Freighted with life and death, of fate complain.
[To the Duchess of Sutherland.] Things of immutability! ye bring
Once more, my harp! once more, although I thought Thoughts that with terror and with sorrow wring
Never to wake thy silent strings again,
A wandering dream thy gentle chords have wrought,
And my sad heart, which long hath dwelt in pain, Foretelling evil's ever-present day;
Soars, like a wild bird from a cypress bough, And as when Horror lays his finger cold
Into the poet's heaven, and leaves dull grief below! Upon the heart in dreams, appal the bold. Othou Futurity! our hope and dread,
And unto thee—the beautiful and pureLet me unveil thy features, fair or foul!
Whose lot is cast amid that busy world Thou who shalt see the grave untenanted,
Where only sluggish Dulness dwells secure, And commune with the re-embodied soul !
And Fancy's generous wing is faintly furled ; Tell me thy secrets, ere thy ages roll
To thee-whose friendship kept its equal truth Their deeds, that yet shall be on earth, in heaven, Through the most dreary hour of my embittered And in deep hell, where rabid hearts with pain
youthMust purge their plagues, and learn to be forgiyen! Show me the beauty that shall fear no stain,
I dedicate the lay. Ah! never bard, And still, through age-long years, unchanged remain!
In days when poverty was twin with song; As one who dreads to raise the pallid sheet
Nor wandering harper, lonely and ill-starred, Which shrouds the beautiful and tranquil face
Cheered by some castle's chief, and harboured long; That yet can smile, but never more shall meet,
Not Scott's Last Minstrel, in his trembling lays, With kisses warm, his ever fond embrace;
Woke with a warmer heart the earnest meed of praise ! So I draw nigh to thee, with timid pace,
For easy are the alms the rich man spares And tremble, though I long to lift thy veil.
To sons of Genius, by misfortune bent;
But thou gav’st me, what woman seldom dares,
Belief-in spite of many a cold dissent,
When, slandered and maligned, I stood apart Strong in his love of truth, be wisely bold
From those whose bounded power hath wrung, not A patriot bard, by sycophants reviled,
crushed, my heart. Let him live usefully, and not die old !
Thou, then, when cowards lied away my name,
And scoffed to see me feebly stem the tide;
When some were kind on whom I had no claim, Let him be buried where the grass is green,
And some forsook on whom my love relied,
And some, who might have battled for my sake, Where daisies, blooming earliest, linger late
Stood off in doubt to see what turn the world would To hear the bee his busy note prolong;
takeThere let him slumber, and in peace await The dawning morn, far from the sensual throng, Thou gav'st me that the poor do give the poor, Who scorn the wind flower's blush, the redbreast's lonely Kind words and holy wishes, and true tears; song.
The loved, the near of kin could do no more,
Who changed not with the gloom of varying years,
But clung the closer when I stood forlorn, The family of Sheridan has been prolific of And blunted Slander's dart with their indignant scorn. genius, and Mrs Norton, granddaughter of Richard For they who credit crime, are they who feel Brinsley, has well sustained the family honours.
Their own hearts weak to unresisted sin; Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Sheridan was, at the age of Memory, not judgment, prompts the thoughts which nineteen, married to the Honourable George Chapple
steal Norton, brother to Lord Grantley, and himself a
O'er minds like these, an easy faith to win; police magistrate in London. This union was dis- and tales of broken truth are still believed solved in 1840, after Mrs Norton had been the ob; Most readily by those who have themselves deceived. ject of suspicion and persecution of the most painful description. In her seventeenth year, this lady had But like a white swan down a troubled stream, composed her poem, The Sorrows of Rosalie, a pathetic Whose ruftling pinion hath the power to fling story of village life. Her next work was a poem Aside the turbid drops which darkly gleam founded on the ancient legend of the Wandering And mar the freshness of her snowy wingJew, which she termed The Undying One. A third So thou, with queenly grace and gentle pride, volume appeared from her pen in 1840, entitled along the world's dark waves in purity dost glide : The Dream, and other Poems. This lady,' says a writer in the Quarterly Review, is the Byron of Thy pale and pearly cheek was never made our modern poetesses. She has very much of that Thou didst not shrink-of bitter tongues afraid,
To crimson with a faint false-hearted shame; intense personal passion by which Byron's poetry is
Who hunt in packs the object of their blame; distinguished from the larger grasp and deeper com
To thee the sad denial still held true, munion with man and nature of Wordsworth. She For from thine own good thoughts thy heart its mercy has also Byron's beautiful intervals of tenderness,
drew. his strong practical thought, and his forceful expression. It is not an artificial imitation, but a And though my faint and tributary rhymes natural parallel. The truth of this remark, both Add nothing to the glory of thy day, as to poetical and personal similarity of feeling, will Yet every poet hopes that after-times be seen from the following impassioned verses, ad- Shall set some value on his votive lay; dressed by Mrs Norton to the Duchess of Suther- And I would fain one gentle deed record, land, to whom she has dedicated her poems. The . Among the many such with which thy life is stored.
So when these lines, made in a mournful hour,
The Mother's Heart.
When first thou camest, gentle, shy, and fond,
My eldest born, first hope, and dearest treasure,
My heart received thee with a joy beyond Shall pause, to conjure up a vision of its grace!
All that it yet had felt of earthly pleasure; In The Winter's Walk, a poem written after walking Nor thought that any love again might be with Mr Rogers the poet, Mrs Norton has the fol- So deep and strong as that I felt for thee. lowing brief but graceful and picturesque lines :
Faithful and true, with sense beyond thy years, Gleamed the red sun athwart the misty haze
And natural piety that leaned to heaven ;
Yet patient of rebuke when justly given-
And meekly cheerful—such wert thou, my child. To the keen eye of thy poetic mind
Not willing to be left : still by my side
Haunting my walks, while summer-day was dying;
Nor leaving in thy turn; but pleased to glide And nought escaped thee as we strolled along,
Through the dark room, where I was sadly lying; Nor changeful ray, nor bird's faint chirping song.
Or by the couch of pain, a sitter meek,
Watch the dim eye, and kiss the feverish cheek. From the dim city to the clouded plain,
O boy ! of such as thou are oftenest made Not one of all God's blessings given in vain.
Earth's fragile idols ; like a tender flower, The affectionate attachment of Rogers to Sheridan, No strength in all thy freshness-prone to fade in his last and evil days, is delicately touched upon Still round the loved, thy heart found force to bind,
And bending weakly to the thunder showerby the poetess :
And clung like woodbine shaken in the wind.
Then thou, my merry love, bold in thy glee
Under the bough, or by the firelight dancing, Whom he had toiled for in his hour of fame
With thy sweet temper and thy spirit free,
Didst come as restless as a bird's wing glancing, Though by his prince unroyally forgot,
Full of a wild and irrepressible mirth, And left to struggle with his altered lot)
Like a young sunbeam to the gladdened earth! By sorrow weakened, by disease unnerved Faithful at least the friend he had not served : Thine was the shout! the song! the burst of joy! For the same voice essayed that hour to cheer,
Which sweet from childhood's rosy lip resoundeth ; Which now sounds welcome to his grandchild's ear; Thine was the eager spirit nought could cloy And the same hand, to aid that life's decline,
And the glad heart from which all grief reboundeth; Whose gentle clasp so late was linked in mine.
And many a mirthful jest and mock reply
Lurked in the laughter of thy dark-blue eye! [Picture of Twilight.]
And thine was many an art to win and bless, Oh, twilight! Spirit that dost render birth
The cold and stern to joy and fondness warming; To dim enchantments; melting heaven with earth, The coaxing smile
the frequent soft caressLeaving on craggy hills and running streams
The earnest, tearful prayer all wrath disarming! A softness like the atmosphere of dreams;
Again my heart a new affection found, Thy hour to all is welcome! Faint and sweet But thought that love with thee had reached its bound. Thy light falls round the peasant's homeward feet, At length thou camest—thou, the last and least, Who, slow returning from his task of toil,
Nicknamed 'the emperor' by thy laughing brothers, Sees the low sunset gild the cultured soil,
Because a haughty spirit swelled thy breast,
A mimic majesty that made us smile.
And oh! most like a regal child wert thou !
An eye of resolute and successful schemingTo whom his coming is the chief event
Fair shoulders, curling lip, and dauntless browOf simple days in cheerful labour spent,
Fit for the world's strife, not for poet's dreaming; The rich man's chariot hath gone whirling past,
And proud the lifting of thy stately head, And these poor cottagers have only cast
And the firm bearing of thy conscious tread. One careless glance on all that show of pride, Different from both 1 yet each succeeding claim, Then to their tasks turned quietly aside;
I, that all other love had been forswearing, But him they wait for, him they welcome home, Forthwith admitted, equal and the same; Fixed sentinels look forth to see him come ;
Nor injured either by this love's comparing, The fagot sent for when the fire grew dim,
Nor stole a fraction for the newer call,
But in the mother's heart found room for all.
MRS SQUTHEY (Caroline Bowles) is one of the Dear art thou to the lover, thou sweet light, most pleasing and natural poetesses of the day. Fair fleeting sister of the mournful night!
She has published various works—Ellen Fitzarthur As in impatient hope he stands apart,
(1820), The Widow's Tale and other Poems (1822), Companioned only by his beating heart,
The Birthday and other Poems (1836), Solitary Hours And with an eager fancy oft beholds
(1839), &c. The following are excellent both in The vision of a white robe's fluttering folds.
thought and versification :