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In tbe pursuit of that prisniatic ray
Of luring Hope, that, as they follow, flies,
Still duating on the morrow, as it dies,
The blushes of the western skies, that tell
And bid the broad pavilioned Sun farewell;
On every charm of Nature, as I stray;
All silent, save the birds, and dashing spray,
Where she may find the Beauteous and the Grand,
On every work of her Creator's hand !
My flight o'er wave, rock, mountain, wood, and wild,
To learn the things dear to poetic child;
In Thracian coil for aye, and City strife turmoiled !" In the first canto, entitled the Hermitage, the peaceful retreat of Almar, and his young friend Edwy, is broken in upon by a lawless band, which is thus well described :
66 Scarce to the emotions of his mind
Had Edwy given relief,
Th' ejaculation brief,
And covered all the space
With torches glaring rays,
Not with more noise the echoing cave
When from on high the tumbling wave
Blend with the complicated noise !”
“Sweet Sleep! the balm to toil -- the dew
Hushed by the night flies to his rest;-
Of the wet Seaboy on the mast,
To and fro, full giddily ;-
As danger were not nigh;
Startled from this lone Hermitage." The history of Almar, as related by himself to Edwy, is exceedingly well told; it has much nerve and beauty. After his daughter, Arabel, has married against his consent, (daughters will do so even unto this day,) he exclaims,
“They wed !- And then with passion wild,
But why should I pursue this theme,
pangs are great !
Bent in dejection's deepest gloom !" Arabel, who had been seized by the robber, is, by the interference of the saint, rescued from the grasp of the spoiler, and her restoration to the arms of her husband is thus feelingly depicted :
“Thus spatched from fate, it seemed a vision
Of Fancy, bathed in dreams Elysian,
The Husband, and swoon-sunken Wife!" Succeeding a scene of strife and bloodshed, the following comes upon us like a tranquil evening after a stormy day. It is a fair specimen of the author's powers of description ; and the volume contains many such, which prove his claim to the title of a poet :
“ Now all is calm-a calm so dead
As life suspended were in rest.”
“But, bark ! far other sound
Than mortal minstrelsy,
Descending from the sky-
So far above this earthly sphere, 1
Seems not to meet the natural ear,
That still she bears the harmonious theme !" The volume concludes with some minor poems of considerable merit. “The Farewell to Tottenham," and the « Lament
of the Bard," we have read with considerable pleasure. The Sonnets are also good. We have some fondness for the sonnet; and we know no better mode of embodying a single thought; and those before us are superior to 'many we have
The author is evidently a poet, and one of considerable power. He has sentiment, feeling, and a love of nature, which we augur will enable him to merit the public approbation. We hope to meet him again. In the mean time, we advise him to condense his powers, rather than to amplify, and the effect will be the greater.
The Hamiltonian System.-Mr. Hamillon's Appeal. ALTHOUGII Mr. Hamilton has said, that he is left without an avowed, or at least a successful, opposer,” and, on that account, that the arguments he has employed in favour of his system are completely irrefragable, we will take the liberty of presenting a few observations upon what appear to us evi dent inconsistencies in his statements.
In this we beg to assure Mr. Hamilton, that we wish not to appear actuated by “inveterate prejudice," “ interested jealousy," " the cavils of ignorance" or self-interest;" nor do we wish to' employ any “frothy declamations of conceited interest, or the peevish personalities of interested malignity;" but candidly to consider, as far as our humble abilities will permit, the opinions brought before our notice.
In reply to the gentlemen who have noticed his system, Mr. Hamilton has displayed so much astuteness in repudiating the interpretations put upon it, that we should be glad if he would tell us what we are really to understand by the regulations he lays down. But, if he is so convinced of the excellence of his system, it would prove his conviction in a much stronger degree, if, instead of making verbal objections to his antagonists' unimportant lapses, he would meet them fully upon principle, and not on form.
To avoid, therefore, as much as we can, the accusation of misunderstanding Mr. H., we will merely examine his own description of the system, and his Appeal.
Mr. Hamilton, at the commencement, states, with regard to his success at the different universities of America, “ladies and gentlemen of sixty and upwards, and children of eight years, and even younger, the parent and the child seated in