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• Came upon an inner glade,
By Nature's hand, and this the sanctuary;
Of Life profusely flowed that all might drink.
The blessedness thereof, nor heart can think,
Behold a branch from Eden planted here,
O Child of Adam, put away thy fear,
The bitterness was even as of deatlı;
My loosened limbs, and losing sight and breath,
Of that most fatal fruit; soul-sick I felt,
As if the very eyes themselves should melt,
Fresh from the Rock of Ages where it ran.
My pain :-I rose a renovated man,
When faint with years she feels her flagging wing, Soars up toward the mid sun's piercing ray,
Then filled with fire into some living spring
The bitterness which from its fatal root,
Passed clean away ; and in its place the fruit Producea by virtue of that wondrous wave, The savour which in Paradise it gave.
Now, said the heavenly Muse, thou mayst advance,
Fitly prepared toward the mountain's height.
Hath purified from flaw thy mortal sight,
unconfined of vision free,
Hope urged me forward and my soul was strong.
Nor seemed the labour difficult or long,
The boundless region where I wandered late,
And mountains from their cloud-surmounting state
eye of light was in the farthest sky.
The steady ray which there thou canst descry,
Nor clouds will there impede the strengthened sight:
I looked, surrounded with effulgent light
pp. 156—162. The last section is entitled — The Hopes of Man. In this, Mr. S., with all the eloquence of a poet and all the warmth of a patriot, dwells on the high prerogatives, the distinguished privileges, the duties, and the brightening prospects of Britain. We should have been disposed to think the picture too highly coloured, and the confidence expressed too insecurely founded, had the political circumstances of the country been the theme. Mr. Southey views the contest in which we were engaged against the tyrant of Europe, as a struggle between good and evil principles. He considers the victory of Waterloo as supremely important to the best interests of human nature; as leaving England in security and peace.
. In no age and in no country has man ever existed under circumstances so favourable to the full development of his moral and intellectual faculties, as in England at this time. The peace which she has won by the battle of Waterloo, leaves her at leisure to pursue the
great objects and duties of bettering her own condition, and diffusing the blessings of civilization and Christianity.'
There is surely something far more noble and far more Christian in this language, than in the desponding speculations of our second-sighted politicians. The errors and the crimes of different governments-indeed, the whole system of European policy, for the last twenty years, may with much reason excite, on the retrospect, sentiments of a painful and indignant nature. It is not to be forgotten, that the contests in which during that period this country has been engaged, have not all been with a military despot; have not all been a struggle between good and evil principles.
We have loved war better than peace, our policy being evil, and we are now reaping the bitter, bitter fruits of that unnatural excitation which war occasions. The victory of Waterloo was achieved by a last desperate effort of feverish strength; it has left us without an enemy, but it has also left us impoverished, spiritless, in the weakness of exhaustion. Still, amid all the present distresses, there are in the moral features of the times, indications of the future good which awaits
We deem it immoral to despond. We warmly participate in the confidence expressed by Mr. Southey, with respect to the hopes of man, and we call upon at least every believer in the promises of inspiration, to discard those morbid feelings of impatience and distrust which the too exclusive contemplation of human agency is apt to engender, and to rejoice that the Lord • God Omnipotent reigneth.'
• Here under freedom's tutelary wing,
Deliberate courage fears no human foe;
The living waters of religion flow;
Conspicuous to all nations burneth bright.'
• The landscape changed ;-a region next was seen,
Where sable swans on rivers yet unfound
Innumerous flocks and herds were feeding round,
Green islands in a peaceful sea were seen;
Nor curst with hideous usages obscene,
Around the rude Morai, the temple now
Of truth, hosannahs to the Holiest rung :
In natural growth the household virtues sprung:
age in hope looked on to its release.
Good messengers from Britain had conveyed ;
One people with their teachers were they made,
High o'er the grove their fan like foliage rear;
Diffuse their precious fragrance far and near ;
The busy axe was heard on every. side,
With wind and sunshine might be purified,
To human life by human kindness won;
Which Holland in her day had well begun;
Laws which depraved. degraded, and opprest,
All men with equal liberty were blest ;
• Enough! the Goddess cried; with that the cloud
Obeyed, and closed upon the magic scene :
Ills may impede, delays may intervene,
If England but pursue the course of righteousness. pp. 191. We shall adopt the last stanza of the poem in conclusion, as a parting address to Mr. Southey.
And thou to whom in spirit at this hour
The vision of thy country's bliss is given, Vol. VI. N. S.
Who feelest that she holds her trusted power
To do the will and spread the word of Heaven,...
Art. II. Travels into various Countries of Europe, Asia, and Africa.
By Edward Daniel Clarke, LL.D. Part II Greece, Egypt, and the Holy Land. Section Second, 4to. pp. about 850. Price 41. 14s. 6d. Cadell and
Davies. 1814. Section Third. To which is added a Supplement, respecting the
Author's Journey from Constantinople to Vienna ; containing his Account of the Gold Mines of Transylvania and Hungary, 4to.
pp. 750. Price 41. 14s. 6d. 1816. [The Two Volumes contain (including Maps and Charts) 56 En
gravings of the full Size, and 48 Vignettes.] THESE are the third and fourth massive volumes of Dr.
Clarke's splendid performance. The latter of thein constitutes the last section of the second part. It brings the Author back, after so long a sojourn, to the shores of his native country.
No conjecture is given as to the probable extent of the portion yet in reserve, and of which the subjects are to be Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Lapland, and Finland. Its preparation, we may presume, will be carried on without intermission.
We cannot think without some degree of envy of the continuous interest attending such a process as that of our Author's work. Froin one main cause of anxiety in authorship he is totally exempt, the necessity of inventing or collecting materials, with a constant uncertainty whether exactly the desirable ones will occur, and a doubt still haunting, at each step of the progress, whether something much better might not have been found than that of which the composition is actually made to consist. In a case like the present, the writer is, beforehand, quite certain of his materials; they are ready, in full existence and abundance in his papers; they are absolutely his own; and he knows that a large proportion are such as inevitably will and must be interesting to the intelligent public--that they will be so in a considerable degree even independently of the manner in which they shall be drawn out to view. Whatever of excellence therefore he may evince in execution, whatever judgement,.taste, and elegance, in the complicated task of selection, arrangement, and composition, will be received, not indeed as quite gratuitous, but with the pleasure imparted by a handsome way of presenting a good thing. The very considerable labour of the operation is thus exhilarated by the full confidence that between the merits of matter and of manner he cannot labour in vain.