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liberty, and flourishing each with unabated vigour, they refuse to
The hovering of death over the fatal plain is finely conceived, although we do not quite admire his summons to the bloody banquet: as his guests were not to devour but to be devoured.
The address to Buonaparte is rather too long, and in parts
devoid of spirit. The poet, however, has drawn an admirable simile from his Scotch mountains, which is applied with peculiar happiness to his subject.
The idea, that upon this single contest the name, the
“Or is thy soul like mountain-tide,
A torrent fierce and wide;
Whose channel shows display’d
. By which these wrecks were made!” P. 28.
perhaps, even the existence of Buonaparte depended, is admirably expressed.
As the panegyric upon the Duke of Wellington has appeared in most of the public papers, we shall not extract it; the stanza is sufficiently stately, but somewhat stiff.
We now come to a part of the poem which will command much more general attention and admiration. An epicedium upon those who fall in their country's cause, will always find a passage to the heart of an Englishman, when panegyric fails in its purpose. ... Mr. Scott has succeeded admirably in this part of his poem. The following thoughts are not indeed new, but selected with judgment, and expressed with a delicate and disciplined feeling.
“. Here piled in common slaughter sleep
Or see'st how manlier grief, suppress'd,
With no enquiry vain pursue -
When our poet proceeds to name the departed heroes of the day, his selection is not less happy; the following Mines are more truly classical, than any which we have yet seen of the same author.
“Thou saw'st in seas of gore expire
Our extracts will conclude with the following passage, which we consider as unrivalled in beauty and pathos. “The poor soldier's lowlier name,” is a new and most classical idea. Though the lines come home to the heart of the reader, yet he will find no general nor common place application. The peculiar circumstances of situation are so artfully interwoven as exclusively to point out the field of Waterloo.
“Forgive, brave Dead, the imperfect lay!
We have selected for our readers the most brilliant parts of the poem before us; should they be discouraged however from purchasing the remainder by this declaration, we would protest against their resolutions by informing them that the profits aris. ing from its sale are dedicated by its patriotic author, to the national fund for the sufferers of Waterloo. The dedication of his talents and of their produce upon this altar, is no mean offering from such a man as Walter Scott, and we trust that it
will be accepted with the gratitude which it deserves. -- * ART.
ART, VIII. A Serious. Address to the Clergy of the United
Kingdom, on the Duties of the Pastoral Office, in a Visitation Sermon, preached at the Parish Church of St. Paul's, Covent-Garden, on the 19th of May, 1815, before the Archdeacon of Middlesex and his Clergy. By the Rev. W. Gurney, A.M. Rector of St. Clement Danes, &c. 8vo. pp. 25. Walker. 1815.
WHEN a Visitation Sermon is published without the request either of the clergy or their visitor, we take it for granted, either that it contains matter which appeared to them objectionable, or at least, that it is more highly esteemed as a composition by the preacher, than by his audience. This Visitation Sermon was hot published at the request of the archdeacon and clergy present, nor will any reader be surprised that it was not. It is bla
zoned forth, indeed, at the head of the title-page, as A Serious
Address to the Clergy of the United Kingdom, on the Duties of the Pastoral Office. Mr. Gurney, or any other clergyman, is indeed at liberty to address his brethren seriously, but after this labour of the mountain, what is the production ? In good truth, there has seldom appeared a sermon from a Minister of the Established Church, so vague, so unsatisfactory, and so ill ex
pressed. The particular points of practice recommended, have
indeed little objectionable in them, but they are inculcated in so bad a style, that they appear forced and unimpressive. Yet is it curious to observe with what solemn preparation our preacher sets out, first assuring us of the diffidence he felt before such an audience, an assurance, by the way, which the remainder 9f the Sermon shews not to have been unnecessary. However,
he soon rallies, and then bespeaking a candid and attentive audience, he trusts,
“That, upon serious and calm reflection, my language, though simple will not disgust; my arguments, though plain, will not be weak; my application, though close, will not be offensively personal: and, upon the whole, I sincerely hope I shall be enabled to hold fast the form of sound words.” P. 5.
Now we must confess, from this beginning, we did expect a philippic personal enough, and that the form of sound words would hardly have been retained to the end. Yet excepting certain Calvinistic inuendoes respecting erperimental feeling, &c. there is little doctrine, and less personality; all is sufficiently tame and spiritless. To be perfectly intelligible, as he states it, he divides his subject into three parts.-list. The object of the shepherd's care, the flock of God. , 2dly. The duty enjoined, feed the flock. 3dly. The frame and temper of the shepherds - z 11