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p. 27. “They confine proof more would be sufficient to the seat and habitation of faith, establish even a mathematical the bounds of its existence, and proposition : "The fanatic," the sphere of its influence, to says the author of Religion with. the sensations, within whose ga. out Cant, puts the victims of seous atmosphere they circum. his rage to every torture, which scribe its power, and to whose he can contrive in this world, invisible operations they restrict and then breathes fervent wishes its evidence." p. 120. “They to heaven for their eternal damconfine the agency of grace within nation in the next.” p. 130. This the volatile gas of the sensations, it must be allowed is highly po&c.” p. 191. Now all this is etical; as bold a flight of the downright poetry: and unless imagination as we ever rememwe labour under a great mistake, ber. we are able by means of internal We trust that, by this time, evidence to state from what our readers are equally persuad. source these splendid visions ed with ourselves, that Mr. Fel. were derived. Who has not been lowes, notwithstanding his modo at the Royal Institution, and est disavowal of such an opinion, who can be ignorant then of the has already appeared before the effects of that gas, which all public in the character of a po. must have tasted ? If perchance et. The volume at present an. any of our country readers der examination, we have affirm. should have yet to learn the in. ed, to consist not of poems,

but toxicating properties of the ni. essays on love, morally, phí. trous oxide gas, he should be losophically, and practically informed that it possesses vir- considered." This will abun. tues, which not even Falstaff dantly appear from a review of himself could ever discover in the work. Sherris Sack. 6 It ascends me

In the second sentence of the into the brain ; dries me there advertisement, we are informed, all the foolish and dull and cru. that many of the pieces in this dy vápours, which environ it : little volume,” are either "traps. makes it apprehensive, quick, lated or imitated from a German forgetive, full of nimble, fiery writer of the greatest celebrity ; and delectable shapes.” These who perhaps was never equalled properties it has in common with in the simplicity, the richness, sack; in other respects it resem- and the delicacy of his pastoral bles the wonderworking afilatus compositions." That writer is of the Pythian god : it carries Gesner. Now all this may be you at once far beyond the con. extremely correct : bnt unless fines of sobriety and reason; the spirit of Gesper has fired the you see wonderful sights, and bosom of his translator, what adsay wonderful things; you rare vantage do we gain by this piece about the delirium of the senses, of intelligence ? There lived once the volatile gas of the sensations, upon a time a Roman author and spheres, and atmospheres, called Virgil, who in the opinion and invisible operations, and can of some persons

was perhaps speak no language but the lan. never equalled in the simplicity, guage of empyrean poetry. One the richness, and the delicacy of

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his pastoral compositions," cx. That the contents of this book cept indeed by this German Ges. have so much in common with ner; but with how few of these the directions of Horace and good things has Dr. Trappe con. Aristotle we cheerfully admit; descended to faror us? A bottle but these properties alone are of good champagne possesses a not sufficient to constitute a po. briskness and a sparkling, which

Yet the subjects are highno small beer in the world could ly important. The fifth page fur. ever pretend to rival: yet if it be nishes a detailed account of them; slowly translated from one ves- we will present the reader with a sel into another, we need not in. sample, that he may be aware of form a writer who dates his ad. the feast before him. vertisement from * Euston, that 1. To Anna. 2. The Praise though the body of the liquor of Love. 3. Virtuous Love. may remain, all the spirit and 11. Hopeless Love. 12. The sparkling have escaped in the Sensations of Insipient Love. process.

14. Amintor or Filial Love. of the richness and delicacy 16. Anna consecrated to Love. of these essays we are not pre

19. Soon to be married. 20. pared to speak; it cannot how. Frederick and Lucy, or Frolic ever be denied that they are

Love. 22. Arthur and Mabel. abundantly simple; and we feel 26. Lovers parting, &c. &c. pleasure in making this conces. The first of these essays is ad. sion, on account of its conform. dressed to Anna ; and as it ity, to the rule of Horace. states the object of the author in

a plain and familiar manner, and “Sit quidvis simplex duntaxat et unum.

is placed in the very front of his Aristotle says something about book, it may be considered as poems having a beginning, a mid

no unfair specimen of his best dle, and an end, and contends attempts. that they ought not to be too "No bloody battles stain my page; large or too small, but of such My muse records no heroes rage: moderate dimensions that you To seek the sensitive and wise.

Far from the noisy crowd she flies, may contemplate the whole at Oft by some brawling brook she strays, once. It cannot be denied that Or wanders through some wood's dark all these essays have a beginning, Or, &c. &c. a middle, and an end, and you may generally take in the whole These lines, with the exception at one view : they usually begin of the fourth, are pretty near at the top of the page, and end sense, and as first impressions at the bottom; and with respect are powerful, we are happy to to unity of design, we have only introduce Mr. Fellowes to our to add, that the beginning is sal.

readers with so favorable an ex. atation, the middle is salutation, tract. and the end is salutation. t

Our next specimen is from the

second essay on the “ Praises of * The seat of the Duke of Grafton.

Love." + Salutation is a long word, and consequently not well adapted to a short adopted in place of it an expressive moncomposition. It is on this ground we suppose that Mr. FeHowes has generally Piozzi's Synonymes.

osyllable, which he probably found in




can, with.

main, &c.

O Cupid ! god of ecstacy,

So spake Pope, and so writes How sweet to love, and lov'd to be!

Mr. Fellowes. Had he not risen Buds not love in the rosy child, Who smiling placks the daisies wild ? in the present instance far above Yes; love is then first blushing born, the influence of Lilly and of Like the prime tint of ruby morn. O Cupid ! god of ecstacy, How sweet to love, and lov'd to be !!

'To snatch a grace beyond the reach of This is simple and artless enough. So simple indeed and this stanza would have lost one so artless, that we shall leave of its principal beauties. those to enjoy it who

" A grace” of the same nature out a comment. To disturb Mr. occurs in his next composition, Fellowes or his readers in the pos. 66 Aona recommended to the session of such simple pleasures care of the Zephyrs ;” would be as cruel as to scare his

But 0! thou softest of the zephyrown “ rosy child” from pluck.

train, ing daisies.

Thou, who ne'er few upon the rufiled The third essay is entitled,

(p. 10.) "Virtuous Love," and thus it 66 Contracta quis non in pau. commences :

pertate solutus ?" If a man who 'The virtuous, when the virtuous love,

has neither ideas or language is That love is form’d to last ;

still willing to write, he ought In every change of life 'will prove

in pity to be allowed some lati. Too strong for fortune's blast.' (p.7.)

tude. We must pause a moment to It has been remarked of many remark on one obvious beauty persons, possessed of pre-emi. in these philosophical specula. nent talents, from Demosthenes tions on " Virtuous Love." A down to Mr. Fox, that they were sturdy grammarian, who never sometimes so hurried on by the can endure a nominative case subjects, which occupied the full without a verb in the neighbor. grasp and bent of their mighty hood, would probably start at minds, that they were betrayed the passage, as containing a vion into inaccuracies, which a man lation of one of the first princi. even of vulgar conception would ples of his art. But Mr. Fel. easily avoid. The public will lowes writes not for philologists. be much gratified with observing His aim is to gratify minds of a several of these marks of genius nobler kind ; and every man of in the work before us. We shall taste is well awaro, that what is content ourselves with producing invidiously called “bad gram- two luminous instances. mar," is not only defensible from the practice of the best

AISLE OF A CATHEDRAL writers, both ancient and mod. How well this gloom accords with my

sad heart! ern, but that a deviation from

The night-bird twitters* from the grey ordinary rules is, in certain cases

church-pile, an evidence of superior intellect As slow I roam along the midnight aisle ; and transcendent ability.

At lonely intervals the moon beams dart,

Shedding a soft endearing smile on those, Great wits will sometimes gloriously offend,

* Buffon takes no notice of a twittering And rise to faults true critics dare not owl The twittering species we presume mend.'

is peculiar to Suffolk.




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In consecrated peace, ?neath the darkcell, would destroy the spirit and Freed from this frail mortality, who

He who dwell.'

beauty of the piece. (p. 16.)

would do a thing well, should А poor

uninformed man, who do it naturally. Mr. Fellowes looks no farther than his Sunday had occasion to paint the sensa. lesson, or the solemn language tions of a foolish lover, (possiof the burial service, would prob- bly the idiot child of Betty Foy ably imagine that the bodies

so charmingly described in the alone are committed to the dust, " Lyrical Ballads ;'?) he inime. and that the soul had taken its diately transforms himself, acdeparture for the world of spir. cording to the rules of Longinus, its ; if Mr. Fellowes has depos. into the person of the unhappy ited them both "'neath the same youth, and exhibits his sensations “dark cell,” it must be attribut. in terms highly beautiful on aced solely to the rapidity of his count of their natural insipience: thoughts and the boldness of his ideas.

O why these unusual emotions I feel?

Why flutters my heart ? from my breast Again,

soft sighs sieal?

Why from thee are my eyes so unwilling “Whose is that haggard look and frantic

to stray ? air,

Or, why so dejected, when you are away? Up yon rude cliff that winds the weary Unless you're by my side, my mind's nev. way

er at ease, In the deep night, and shuns the glare of No female besides has one charm that day?

can please ! Tis hopeless love, the victim of despair!' • Ah! I love thee--that's iť (how

(p. 18.) sweetly insipient!). . if, of love I may tell,

O how blest should I be did you love me To make short of a melan.

as well! cholly tale,“ hopeless love" Tis true that my eyes thy eyes often will tumbles from a cliff and drowns


When sudden, as if half asham'd, they reherself.

treat. This essay reminds us of a rule A suffusion of red then will just tint thy

cheek, &c.' once laid down for conversation and essays by a gentleman of dis. Delightfully insipient again! tinguished eloquence : “Never One may read for a summer's day deal in particulars, always lay without once hazarding the dishold of something general; and covery, whose eyes are ashamed, if possible seize an abstract prin. and whose eyes retreat. ciple ; it invariably excites at. We will give but one specimen tention.” Indeed it does.

more of Mr. Fellowes' style of We are unwilling to trespass reasoning. The last essay is in too long upon the patience of two parts, entitled, “The First our readers, by selecting farther Seaman, or Love teaching the marks of genius from this vol. Art of Navigation.” A mother ume; but we must be permitted, and her daughter are living on a in justice to the author, to give solitary island, which for the his account of the sensations sake of perspicuity we will call of insipient love." We at first : just in sight of it is a dis. doubted whether the word should tant land B. in the horizon : the not be read “incipient;" but daughter wishes for the society were convinced, by the perusal, of some other beings like herself, kow totally such a correction though perfectly ignorant of their existence, and therefore. 6 degustibus pon disputandum :" falls violently in love with a pos- every man must be left to his own sible inhabitant of B. A young judgment in the estimation. “It man resident in B having heard is surely superfluous to answer from his father that a family the question, that has once been once lived in the direction of A, asked,” says the Colossus of En. before an earthquake separated glish literature, whether Pope the two countries, is smitten in was a Poet, otherwise than by his turn with the possible inhabi. asking in return, if Pope be not tant of that island: hecan scarce, a poet, where is poetry to be ly sleep for the idea, and of found ?" We are bold to answer, çourse dreams about his imagin. in this last work of Mr. Fel. ary fair. The great excellence lowes : for whatever the verses of this young man consists in the of Mr. Pope are not, precisely strength of his body and the that thing the verses of Mr. Fel. strength of his understanding.

lowes are.

Pope remarks of A tree's huge trunk, which had for ages

himself, stood Hallow'd by time, came rolling o'er the

I lisp'd in numbers for the numbers flood. (p. 121.)


and this constitutes the difference He seized it alone, and drew

between them. Mr. Fellowes it on the beach : so much for the vigor of his body. The follow. attempts to lisp in numbers, but

the numbers will not come. As ing reasoning proves the strength of his understanding.

for example, That on yon isle some human footsteps Soon lulld him in the arms of sleep.'

"A bubbling brook with murmurs sweet tread, Is probable from what my father said ;

The number, which should And the bright dream, which powers celestial drew

have come, was 6 sheet ;" but it Before my fancy, prove that saying true. is unfortunate that we always

(p. 124.)

speak of " sheets" in the plural. To a cold logician this might In the poetry of prose, he has, probably appear an argument as we have seen been eminently not very decisive; but the truth successful. of the fact is the best proof that Few works are calculated to the reasoning is correct. A young excite general attention : we will lady did live in the island A, and however venture to recommend her pame was Ella.' The se.

these essays to four classes of quel may be left to our readers readers, so numerous and exten. imagination.

sive, that if only cach procures We have already stated our one, the sale will certainly recreasons, why we cannot rank

ompense all the trouble, and dif. these compositions in the class ficulty, and vexation, which the of poetical effusions. Our quo- author must have experienced in tations must have proved to the reducing a set of awkward and satisfaction of most of our rea. unaccommodating words to order ders, that they ought rather to and decorum. be entitled, " Essays on Love, And first to school boys. moraliy, philosophically, and Whoever has been concerned in practically considered." But the mysteries of theme-making,

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