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very pretty Arcadian nation! I may be domes; the magnificent Wladimir, the luxu- John Quin; seven hanks of yarn, the propexcused for wishing that Lord Byron had rious Bojars, the valiant heroes, and the erty of the widow Scott; and one petticoat published this himself; but though he is re- bards of those times. The subject of the and one apron, the property of the widow sponsible for the atrocious falsehood, he is poem, in six cantos, is the carrying off of Gallagher, seized under and by virtue of a not for its posthumous publication. I shall the princess Ljudmilla by the magician levying warrant, for tithe due to the Rer. only observe, therefore, that the slander is Tschernomor, and her deliverance to her John Usher.
Dated this 12th day of May, as worthy of his lordship as the scheme it- husband Russlau, a valiant knight. The 1824.” self would have been. Nor would I have plan is admirable, the execution masteris, condescended to notice it even thus, were and, notwithstanding ibe numerous charac
CONTINUATION OF LAPLACE'S MECANIQUE it not to show how little this calumniator ters introduced, and the episodes and events knew concerning the objects of his uneasy which cross each other, the narrative is and restless hatred. Mr Wordsworth and I rapid, the characters well drawn, the de
Those who have read the Mécanique were strangers to each other, even by name, scriptions anima ed, and the language ex. Céleste, are aware, that upwards of twen. when he represents us as engaged in a sa- cellent. Russlau was soon succeeded by ty years ago M. Laplace promised to tertanic confederacy, and we never published " Kaw Koskoi Plennik,” a smalier, though minate this great work by an exposé of the any thing in common.
not less excellent, poein; which describes labours of geometers on the system of the Here i dismiss the subject. It might have the rude manners of the banditti of Cauca. world, and by assigning to each the siare been thought that Lord Byron had attain- sus, their mode of life, and the peculiarity which he had contributed towards elucidated the last degree of disgrace, when his of the country and its inhabitants, in the ing its wonderful mechanism. The faithhead was set up for a sign at one of those most lively colours. This poem is gener- tul execution of this task would have im. preparatory schools for the brothel and ally known to the German public, through posed on the illustrious author of the Me. the gallows, where obscenity, sedition, and a masterly translation by M. Wulfert
, canique Céleste, the necessity of making blasphemy are retailed in drams for the vul- which is inferior to the original only in very ample acknowledgments to Lagrange
, gar. There remained one further shame, the inimitable melody of the Russian lan- and it would almost appear that some rethere remained this exposure of his private guage.
pugnance arising out of this conviction had conversations, which has compelled his lord- Puschkin's new poem,“ The Fountain of retarded the completion of this part of his ship’s friends, in their own defence, to com- Baktschissarai,” is in many respects superior labours. The name of Laplace occurs only pare his oral declarations with his written to bis former productions. The subject is once in the second edition of the Mécanique words, and thereby demonstrate that he was very simple : Ghiraj
, Khan of the Crimea, Analytique, a circumstance which seems as regardless of truth as he was incapable in one of his predatory excursions, takes to intimate, that Lagrange bad felt some of sustaining those feelings suited to his prisoner a Polish princess, Maria. She is displeasure at the unacknowledged approbirth, station, and high endowments, which in bis harem ; the charms of the beautiful priation of his investigations and discovesometimes came across his better mind. christian make a deep impression upon the ries. M Laplace is, however, at length ROBERT SOUTHEY." heart of the rude monarch. He forsakes slowly redeeming his pledge in the fith
his former favourite, Sarema, a passionate volume of his work, which is in a course of
Georgian; she knows indeed that Maria publication. The thirteenth Book, which The young poet Puschkin, has completed persists in rejecting his love, but, tormented has recently appeared, treats on one of the a new production, wbich, though of no great by jealousy, she murders her innocent rival. most difficult problems in physical astronoextent, surpasses, in the unanimous opinion Ghiraj, inconsolable, sentences the Georgian my, that of the oscillations of the luids of the critics, all his former productions. to death; and dedicates to the memory of which cover the planets. The first chapter The title is, “The Fountain of Baktschis- Maria, in a solitary part of his garden, a contains a rapid sketch of the principal sarai ;” and Mr Ponamarew, a bookseller fountain, the cold drops of which, falling, views and discoveries of geometers, on the of Moscow, has given him three thousand even to this day, into the marble bason, re- theory of the tides, from Newton to Laroubles for the copy-right. The poem con- mind feeling hearts of Maria's innocence place. No branch of the history of science tains about six hundred lines, so that five and Ghiräj's grief, and the young girls in presents more interest, than this view of roubles per line have been paid for it, a the neighbourhood still call it the fountain the progress of mathematical analysis in thing quite unheard of in Russia. Puschkin of tears !
one of the greatest questions of natural is a literary phenomenon, endowed by na
philosophy. It is the peculiar privilege of ture with all the qualifications of an excel
the inventors of the principal theories to lent poet; he has begun his career in a It appears, by a late census of the popu- show their origin, their difficulties, and manner in which many would be happy to lation of Ireland, that the number of males their most important features. The anconclude. In his thirteenth year, when he is 3,341,926–of females 3,459,901. Those cient geometry has transmitted to us nothwas still a pupil in the Lyceum at Zarskoe-employed in agriculture are 1,138,069,– ing more exact and beautiful than the few Selo, he composed his first distinguished in trades, manufactures, or handicraft, words by which Archimedes has prefaced poem, "Wospominanie 0 Zarskom Selo,” | 1,170,044. Dublin is supposed to contain
his works. Remembrances of Zarskoe-Selo; this piece 227,335. The state of the whole country was, perhaps, too loudly and generally ad- is represented as very precarious. There mired; the boy aimed henceforward only at are now public theological disputations, in the Muses wreath, and neglected the more which the zeal on each side is quite equal the month of December, in Great Britain
The number of works published, doring serious studies which are essential to the to the christianity displayed. No doubt, if
was sixty-three. The number of distinct poet. However, up to this time, when he each party could for a season enjoy the
volumes, eighty-one. is about twenty-five years of age, he has pure, unmixed ascendancy of the primitive composed, besides a number of charming times, neither would want a fine crop of little pieces, which have been received with martyrs. The following document is an
LONGWOOD. great approbation by the literary journals, amusing instance of real distress; and in- A late visitor at St Helena, says, that the three more considerable poems, which are dicates pretty well the degree of probabili- house inhabited by Napoleon in that island real ornaments of the Russian Parnassus ; ty which exists for an amelioration in the is now converted into a barn, and that there and what is a particular merit in these days state of feeling upon the subject of re- is actually a threshing machine in the chamof translation, they are quite original. ligion.
ber in which he breathed his last! Surely The first of them is “Russlau and Ljud. “ To be sold by public cant, in the town this residence, so much vaunted by Love milla,” which carries us back into the an- of Ballymore, on Saturday, the 16th instant, and Co., could not have been very valuable cient days of chivalry and fable in Russia, one cow, the property of James Scully; one if it is thus considered fit only for such " vile and places before us Kiow, with its gilded ! new bed-sheet and one gown, the property of uses.” What a tell-tale time is!
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published in this country sooner or later, ferent places abroad, a paraphrase of Horace's Art and as Mr Dallas shows satisfactorily, that of Poetry, which would be a good finish to English
Bards and Scotch Reviewers. *** He seemed to Recollections of the Life of Lord Byron, either to the family of Lord Byron, or to dertook its publication, as I had done that of the
they are not of a kind to be offensive, promise himself additional fame from it, and I unfrom the year 1808 to the end of 1814, the good taste or feelings of the commu- Satire. *** I looked over the Paraphrase, which I exhibiting his Early Character and Opin
had taken home with me, and I must say, I was nity. ions, detailing the Progress of his Literary Career, and including various unpublish
The origin of this work is thus described. grievously disappointed. *** In not disparaging
this poem, however, next day, I could not refrain ed passages of his works.
Having been in habits of intimacy, and in fre- from expressing some surprise that he had written Authentic Documents, in the possession of quent correspondence with Lord Byiconfrom the nothing else ; upon which, be told me that he had the Author. By the late R C. Dallas, dence about that period ceased, Mr Dallas had many stanzas in Spenser's measure, relative to the
year 1808 to the end of 1814, which correspon occasionally written short poems, besides a great Esq. To which is prefixed an Account of many times heard him read portions of a book in countries he had visited. They are not worth the Circumstances leading to the Suppress- which his Lordship inserted his opinion of the per troubling you with, but you shall have them all ion of Lord Byron's Correspondence with sons with whom he mixed. This book. Lord By: with you, if you like.' So came I by Childe Harthe Author, and his Letters to his mother, and,
froin this idea, Mr Dallas, at a subsequent pe- one person, who had found very litle to commend,
ron said, be intended for publication after his death; old's Pilgrimage. He said it had been read but by lately announced for publication. Phila- riod, adopted that of writing a faithful delineation and much to condemn; that he himself was of that delphia. 1823. 8vo. pp. 222.
of Lord Byron's character, such as he had known opinion, and he was sure I should be so too; but We believe that some have entertained an hin, and of leaving it for publication after the he was urgent that the · Hints from Horace should incorrect opinion respecting this work. It probability of Lord Byron's surviving himself, he have done. How much he was mistaken as to my
death of both; and, calculating upon the human be immediately put in train, which I promised to has been supposed that its publication was meant the two posthumous works should thus ap- opinion, the following letter shows. *** Attentive prevented in England by a chancery in- pear simultaneously. Mr Dallas's work was com- as he had hitherto been to my opinions and sugjunction; and that it therefore probably pleted in the year 1819; and, in November of that gestions, and natural as it was, that he should be contained matter offensive to the relations year, he wrote to inform Lord Byron of his intend- swayed by such decided praise, I was surprised to
find that I could not at first obtain credit with Lord of Lord Byron, or such as was, for other
The event proved the fallacy of human probabili. Byron for my judgment on Childe Harold's Pil. considerations, improper to be published. ty- Mr Dallas lived, at seventy, to see the death of grimage. It was any thing but poetry—it had The truth is, that certain letters only, Lord Byron, at thirty-seven.
been condemned by a good critic-had I not mywhich originally formed a part of it, were Much, bowever, of the contents of the self seen the sentences on the margins of the man. forbidden to be published by the Lord original manuscript is said to be omitted in uscript ?'*** He at length seemed impressed by Chancellor; and the question concerning the present work, for obvious reasons. The my perseverance, and took the poem into consider. these seems not to have been, whether or author of it, Mr Dallas, sen., died soon any of the stanzas, but they could not be published
ation. He was at first unwilling to alter, or omit not they were improper, as containing per after the settlement of the legal question; as they stood *** (and he afterwards) undertook to sonal or criminal allusions, but whether the editor is his son, who is in holy orders. curtail and soften them. *** I did all I could to they were the literary property of the pub- These Recollections do not throw much raise bis opinion of this composition, and I suclisher.
The law on this subject, as laid new light upon the character of their sub- ceeded ; but he varied much in his feelings about down by Lord Eldon, is as follows.
il nor was he, as will appear, at his ease until the ject; nor do they tend to alter the opinion world decided on its merit. He said again and If A writes a letter to B, B bas the property in we expressed of his Lordship in our review again, that I was going to get him into a scrape that letter, for the purpose of reading and keeping of Captain Medwin's book. The author was with his old enemies, and that none of them would it, but no property in it to publish it.
a very different person from the Captain, rejoice more than the Edinburgh Reviewers at an Mr Dallas contends that most of the let- to be sure. He was a relation of the poet,
opportunity to humble him. ters in question were addressed to Lord and, as such, was proud of his talents, and Mr Dallas found it nearly as difficult to Byron's mother, and given to him by his a little vain of being connected with him. persuade the booksellers to undertake the Lordship, to dispose of as he should think He was deeply interested in his character publication. best. Whatever passed between them on and conduct, and laboured with commendathis subject, however, was verbal and unwit- ble zeal to make him a good, as well as a joining him the strictest secrecy as to the author.
I carried it to Miller, and left it with him, ennessed, and on that account not sufficient great man. Though bis Lordship appears in a few days, by appointment I called again to to take the case from under the law. The to have regarded him with some gratitude know his decision. He declined publishing it. He letters, therefore, could not be published and respect, Mr Dallas' attempt to improve noticed all my objections; his critic had pointed without the permission of the executors, his moral and religious character was, as is them out; but his chief objection he stated to be Messrs Hobhouse and Hanson,—and this well known, completely unsuccessful; and the manner
in which Lord Elgin was treated in the
poem, he was his bookseller and publisher. *** permission was refused.
soon after the period, when these Recol- Next to these I wished to oblige Mi Murray, *** If we understand the case, the work be- lections terminate, that is, about the year I now had it in my power, and I put Childe Harfore us is the same, or nearly the same, as it 1816, it was relinquished in despair. oid's Pilgrimage into his hands. * * * He took some would have been if no injunction had been
The most curious part of this book is the days to consider, duriog which he consulted his granted, with the omission of the letters literary history of the Childe Harold, of Gifford, who was the editor of the Quarterly Re
literary advisers, among whom, no doubt, was Mr abovementioned. This omission was a matter which we shall extract several portions, view. That Mr Gifford gave a favourable opinion of necessity in England, but it appears, from endeavouring, as far as possible, to give in 1 afterwards learned from Mr Murray himself; but the observations of the editor, that it was this way an abridgment of it, as here relat- the objections (religious and political) I have statpublished in Paris in its original form. We ed. On the first interview between Mr ed stared him in the face, and he was kept in susthink, therefore, that the American pub- Dallas and his Lordship, on his returo from pense by the desire of possessing a work of Lord lishers would have found little difficulty in his travels in 1811, the latter observed tion. We came to this conclusion; that he should
Byron's, and the fear of an unsuccessful speculagiving us the whole,—which would have that been much more acceptable; especially as He believed satire to be his forte, and to that he * It does not appear who this critic was. We there can be no doubt that they will be had adhered, having written, during his stay at dif- think he would hardly wish to be known.
print, at his expense, a handsome quarto edition, ings of the author of these Recollections, | soon lose his wreath, but there are done the profits of which I should share equally with and we cannot but sympathize, in some de- who deny the great excellence of his prose him, and that the agreement for the copy-right
This noble composition. His style is remarkable from should depend upon the success of this edition. gree, with his indignation.
** Whila Childe Harold was preparing to be property was a grant from Henry VIII. to its vivacity and directness; the fervour of put into the printer's bands, Lord Byron was very the ancestors of the poet, and the estate composition is never quenched, never abatanxious for the speedy appearance of the imita- had ever since descended regularly in the ed; he understands himself well, and, as it tion of Horace, * which I was nevertheless family. It was valued at more than half a must be with those who think clearly and most desirous of retarding at least, if noi suppress-million dollars. Moreover, it came to bis are in earnest, his language is perspicuous ing altogether.
Lordship in the line of collateral descent, and strong. He appears to write with great Mr Dallas' perseverance was well re- he being only grand-nephew to the former facility; to throw ott' his thoughts as they warded. The first edition of the Pilgrim- proprietor, while he left behind him a arise, and in the garb which they volun. age was sold in three days, and its author, cousin to inherit a barren title. As re- tarily assume, as if it were an unnecessary who, before its appearance, had become less publicans, indeed, we must “ abhor a per- and unworthy toil, to labour upon mere anxious for that of the “ Horatian Hints,” | petuity," and congratulate ourselves that expressions. No doubt, his style is often at last consented to suppress the latter al- our laws and customs alike prevent the en- elaborated with great care, and his finest together. A singular circumstance attend- tailment or continuation of estates, undi- passages owe probably as much of their exed the publication of the Childe Harold. vided, through a series of generations ;- celience to his industry as to his ability. It was announced for the first of March ; but opposing in this respect the natural feeling, But he is artful enough to conceal his art; circumstances prevented its appearance, which leads individuals to desire such per- for no writer appears, especially to readers as intended, to the serious vexation of Mr petuities in their own particular cases. who do not read to criticise, to labour less, Dallas, whose review of it in a periodical | Yet, as men, we cannot but entertain a or to abandon himself more entirely to the journal did actually appear on that day. mean opinion of the heart, which was either impulses of bis heart or imagination. There Luckily the subject of it was issued so soon so destitute of that feeling, or had so far are scholars, who are men of fine sense and after, and excited so much admiration, that diminished its power by yielding to the in- much general ability, but are not gisted with no one thought of ridiculing the review, Puence of debasing passions, as to be will the power of flueot and varied expression. which in fact proved an excellent adver- ing, without urgent necessity, to set a price They are poor in words; and this poverty tisement for the poem, which was deliver- upon a mansion which had been the “ home of language, whatever may be thought of it, ed as fast as it could be put up in sheets. of his forefathers” for three centuries. But has an injurious intiuence, if not upon the
It is unnecessary to speak of the adulation this is not the worst. He had given his mind, at least upon its literary creations. which was immediately lavished upon Lord solemn and written promise to his mother, The attention is diverted from the thought Byron. But Childe Harold's Pilgrinage and pledged his honour repeatedly to Mr to its exponent; words must be sought with brought at once glory and ruin to its author. Dallas, that Newstead and he should be effort, and labour bestowed upon them, Among other gratulatory epistles, he re- torever inseparable.
which might be employed otherwise to adceived one from a lady, beginning with
I have heard [says Mr Dallas] that the pur- vantage ;-—but there is a greater evil yet; “Dear Childe Harold," enclosing a copy chaser means to remove the Abbey as rubbish, and when the march of thought and imagination of verses, and concluding with the assur- to build a modern villa upon its site It may be as is stopped at every monient, whilc the reance that though she should be glad to be well for the poet's tame; for though his genius luctant memory yields up the necessary acquainted with him, she can feel no other might mantle every stone from the foundation 10 words, it must be difficult to urge the mind emotion for him than admiration and re- the pinnacles, it would not cover the sale ;
forward with such force and activity, that gard, as her heart is already engaged to and we agree with him entirely.
its own motion may enkindle it, and give to another.”
In the course of this work we noticed its emanations brightness and warmth. No This
, as the editor observes in another many circumstances which tend to contirin impediments lie in the path of Mr Southey; place,
the opinion wbich we expressed, in a pre- his affluence of language is limited only
ceding number, of the general authenticity with the reach of bis native tongue, and which he has not scrupled to boast. There was of the Conversations of Captain Medwin. his words come not unwillingly. He seems something so disgusting in the forwardness of the The author seems to have imagined that to deliver himself up to his subject; and, person who wrote, as well as deterring in the enor his Recollections would tend, on the whole, though often eloquent, pathetic, or even mity of the criminal excesses of which this letter to place the character of Lord Byron in a sublime, there is a naturalness in the most was the beginning, that he should have been rous- more favourable point of view than it hus splendid and powerful passages, which comed against such a temptation at the first glance, hitherto enjoyed. We differ from him in this pels the reader to believe, that his loftiest But the sudden gust of public applause had just blown upon him, and having raised him in its particular, and are rather afraid that the fights are reached almost without consciouswhirlwind above the earth, he had already begun more we learn of his Lordship's feelings and ness, and always without effort. There is to deify himself in his own imagination; and tnis conduct, the less we shall like them.
too in the very harmony of his diction, someincense came to him as the first offered upon his altar. He was intoxicated with its fumes; and book by remarking, that the band of the ally carried quite too far, as there are pas
We shall conclude our observations on this thing of the same character; it is occasionclosing his mind against the light that had so long ! book-maker is rather too obvious, and that sages which cannot be read without the crept in at crrvices, and endeavoured to shine through every transparent part, he called darkness all which is really interesting to the Ameri- regular cadence of measured rhythm; but light; and the bitter sweet, and said peace when can public, at least, might have been com- it seems to be the result, not of artisce, but there was no peace.
prised within a much smaller space. of the willing obedience by which a throngIt may be observed that the copy-right
ing multitude of words acknowledge the of this poein, as well as of some others, was
sway of a tuneful ear. given to Mr Dallas by his Lordship, who The Book of the Church. By Robert Southey,
It might well be expected, that all the made a principle, at that time at least, of
Esq. LL. D. Poet Laureate, Honorary works of this author must be interesting in not receiving any thing for his literary
Member of the Royal Spanish Acudemy, no common degree; and the “ Book of the
&c. &c. &c. From the Second London Church” is eminently so. Few readers will performances. A copy of Lord Byron's maiden speech
Edition. In two Volumes. Boston. 1825. lay it down until they have gone through it,
8vo. is bere given. It is eloquently written,
and few, we think, will wish it had been and was well received, but. according to Mr SOUTHEY is unquestionably one of the less. It has, however, faults of a serious Mr Dallas, bis delivery was bad, resem. best prose writers of this day. There are nature ;—which will lessen its usefulness bling that of a school-boy repeating from various opinions respecting ihe merits and with all readers, and its interest with those memory:
character of his poetry; the Laureate of who require that a work, the end of which But the sale of Newstead Abbey seems England, if his rank were to abide the is instruction, should be characterized by to have been the unkindest cut to the feel- | judgment of some powerful critics, would due regard for truth and impartiality. “The