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rest of the world may be brought to The following Review is extracted from

admire such fustian in verse and such the last number of the Quarterly Review

fustian in prose as cannot, perhaps,

be equalled except in Chrononhotonreceived in this country. As it relates to

thologos, or Bombastes Furioso. an individual who has excited considera.

Our readers must be aware, that bly the public attention, we insert it, in

we are generally inclined (though we. the expectation that it will be gratifying

do not shrink from giving our own hoto our readers, without designing to make

nest opinion) to permit authors to ourselves parties to the question of the

speak for themselves; and to quote merits of the individual whom it criti- from their own works such passages cises.

as may appear to us to justify our cri1. The Emerald Isle, a Poem. By

ticism. We will not be more unjust Charles Phillips, Esq. Barrister at

to Mr. Phillips, and shall, therefore, Law. Dedicated by Permission to select from his poems and pamphlets the Prince Regent. London. 1813.

a few of those parts which are markEmbellished with a full length Por- ed by his peculiar manner, and which trait of Brian Borhoime, King of

we are well assured he considers as Ireland.

the most admirable specimens of his II. The Speech of Mr. Phillips, deli- genius.

vered in the Court of Cornion

We shall begin with the following Pleas in Dublin, in the Case of panegyric upon a certain King of IreGuthrie versus Sterne ; with a short land, called Brian Borhoime, whose Preface.

age was as barbarous as his name ; III. Speeches of Mr. Phillips on the and whose story is as obscure as Mr. Catholic Question ; with a Preface. Phillips's eulogy.

a IV. An Authentic Report of the Speech Look on Brian's verdant grave-of the CELEBRATED and ELOQUENT

Brian--the glory and grace of his age; Irish Barrister, Mr. Phillips, deli

Brian--the shield of the emerald isle ;

The lion incensed was a lamb to his rage, rered at Roscommon Assizes.

The dove was an eagle compared to lissmile! V. The Speech of Counsellor Phillips Tribute on enemies, later of on the State of England and Ire- Liberty's beacon, religion's bright star,

Wide-flaming sword of the warrior throng, land, and on a Reform in Parlia- Suur of the Seneacha, “Light of the Song." ment; delivered at Liverpool, Oct.

The darkness which envelops the. 31, 1816.

history of old Brian may be pleaded We have really been at a loss in

in excuse of the above passage, but what light to consider the series of what shall be said for the following works before us ; they are all planned apostrophe to the late Bishop Berkeand constructed on a scale of such ri.

ly?—the Emerald Isle is, we ought diculous exaggeration, there is so lit- to acquaint our readers, a series of tle law in the pleadings, so little po- apostrophes to Irish worthies, from etry in the poems, and so little com- Fin Macoul and Brian Borhoime, mon sense in the prose, that we al- down to Mr. Curran and the wretchmost suspected that they were intend- ed Dermody. ed to ridicule that inflated and jargonnish style which has of late pre,

" And Berkely, thou, in vision fair

With all the spirits of the air, vailed among a certain class of au

Shouli'st come, to see, beyond dispute, thors and orators in the sister king- Thy deathless page thyself refute; dom. But, in opposition to this inter

And, in it, own that thou could'st view

Mitter-and it immortal too.” nal evidence, there are so many circumstances of external testimony,that We shall now give a few instances we have been reluctantly driven to of the nonsense on stilts, which Mr. conclude that Mr. Charles Phillips is Phillips believes in his conscience to not a censor, but a professor of the be English prose; and however he new school; and that having lost his may differ from us in his opinion of own wits, he really imagines that the their merits, we venture to assert that

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he will not accuse us of having select. Irish hero strikes the harp to victory ed the worst passages.

upon the summit of the Pyrenees.” Magna est veritas et prevalebit—is And when he would say that Mr. a trite proverb, and no very compli- Grattan is an ornament to his councated idea; yet this simple sentence try, it is expressed “ that he poured is in Mr. Phillips's version bloated out over the ruins of his country the elixir to the following size.

of his immortality"!

When some judicious persons at “ Truth is omnipotent, and must prevail; it forces its way with the fire and Liverpool toast the health of this wild the precision of the morning sun-beam. ranter, he modestly and intelligibly Vapours may surround, prejudices may describes the effect which this great impede the infancy of its progress; but event will have in Ireland the very resistance, that would check, only condenses and concentrates it, until at “Oh! yes, I do foresee when she (Irelength it goes forth in the fulness of its land) shall hear with what courtesy her meridian, all life, and light, and lustre- most pretentionless advocate (Mr. Phillips) the whole amphitheatre of Nature glow. lias been treated, how the same wind that ing in its smile, and her minutest objects wafts her the intelligence, will revive that gilt and glittering in the grandeur of its flame within her, which the blood of ages eternity."

has not been able to extinguish. . It may

be a delusive hope, but I am glad to grasp Goldsmith had compared his Parish

at any phantom that fits across the solitude Priest

of that country's desolation" !! “To some tall cliff that lifts its awfui form, There is, it seems, a certain IrishSwells: fron the vole, and midway leaves the

man of the name of Casey resident in Though round its breast the rolling clouds are Liverpool, and, we presume, he was spread,

one of the promoters of the before. Eternal sunshine settles on its head."

mentioned toast; for Mr. Phillips, afThis is one of the most simple and ter a magnificent description of this sublime passages in English poetry: worthy gentleman, exclaims, in an Mr. Phillips--who, by the way, is as agony of patriotism, " Alas, Ireland great a plagiarist as Sir Fretful, and has little now to console her except somewhat in his manner---thus adopts the consciousness of having produced it as his own.

such men”—as Mr. Casey of Liver

pool ! “The hand that holds the chalice should be pure, and the priests of the temple of

We reserve for the last example Religion should be spotless as the vest- of Mt. Phillips's style, two passages ments of her ministry. Rank only de- which, we are informed by Mr. Phil. grades, wealth only impoverishes, and or, lips himself or his editor, (if indeed naments only disfiguare her; her sacred Mr. Phillips be not his own editor,) porch becomes the more sublime from its simplicity, and should be seated on an

were received with enthusiastic apeminence, inaccessible to human passions plauses. The first is meant to be a —even like the summit of some Alpine satire on bigotry, and the other a panWONDEn, for ever crowned with the sul?. egyric on Mr. Grattanshine of the firmament, which the vain and feverish tempest of human infirmities

“ But, oh! there will never be a time breaks through harmless and unheeded."

with Bigotry-she has no head, and can.

not think she has no heart, and cannot In this same style of travestie, Mr. feel when she moves, it is in wrathPhillips renders either unintelligible when she pauses, it is amid ruin-her or ridiculous every thing he touches. prayers are curses--her God is a dæmon

ber cominunion is death her vengeance He censures Mr. Grattan “ because,"

is eternity-her decalogue is written in as he elegantly expresses it,“ an Irish

the blood of her victims; and if she native has lost its raciness in an Engstoops for a moment from her infernal lish atmosphere.” When he alludes flight, it is upon some kindred rock to to Monseignor Quarantotti's letter, he whet her vulture.fang for keener rapine, will not condescend to mention it but

and replume her wing for a more sanguias the rescript of Italian audacity." nary desolation !"

" When the screech-owl of intolerance When the Duke of Wellington invades France, we are told that " an brooding on the land, he came forthi' with

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139 the heart of a hero! and the tongue of an had preached a flowery sermon on all angel! till, at his bidding, the spectre things but religion--that if Mr. Philvanished; the colour of our fields revived, lips in his pleadings had only said a and Ireland, poor Ireland,” &c. &c.

word or two about law, he would have Such-to speak figuratively of this

spoken of every thing: great figure-maker-such are the tuinid and empty bladders upon

which

We now come to Mr. Phillips in the reputation of Mr. Phillips is try- there, it is evident he piques himself

the character upon which, of all oing to become buoyant. We believe our readers will

, by this time, think most, namely, that of a PATRIOT. that we have fully justified our opinion sion is honesty; he is, if you will take

Mr. Phillips's first political pretenof the style of this Dublin Demosthe- his own word for it, a model of inte

But we have something more than grity and decision, a pattern for all the mere errors of style to object to Mr. young men of the empire who will be

warmed into emulation by Mr. CaPhillips; we shall say little of the want of professional ability which his sey's Liverpool dinner. Lest our read

ers should doubt the modesty of this two pleadings exhibit, because he so

blushing Hibernian, we shall give his little intends them to be considered as legal arguments, that there is but one the safest, and with so profuse a talker

own words--a course which is always

a passage in the statement of two legal

as Mr. Phillips, the most decisive and cases in which there is the slightest al

convincing lusion to the law, and that allusion only serves to show the advocate's ig- day will not be confined to the humble in

“I hope, however, the benefit of this norance of, and centempt for, the more dividul (Phillips, scilicet) you have so serious parts of the profession he was honoured ; I hope it will cheer on the exercising

young aspirants after virtuous fame in « Do not suppose I am endeavouring that however, for the moment, envy, or

both our countries, by proving to them, to influence you by the power of DECLA

I am laying down to you the ignorance, or corruption, may depreciate British law, as liberally expounded and them, there is a reward in store for the

MAN (Phillips) WHO THINKS WITA INTEGRI, solemnly adjudged. I speak the language of the English Lord Eldon, a Judge of great experience and great learning- Again, he assures his partial friends (Mr. Phillips here cited several cases as 6 who were crowding around him, decided by Lard Eldon )-Such, Gentle. that no act of his shall ever raise a men, is the language of Lord Eldon. I blush at the recollection of their earspeak also on the authority of our own Lord Avonmore-a Judge who illuminat- ly encouragement." ed the Bench by his genius, endeared it by

But it is not the easy virtues of his suavity, and dignified it by bis bold un- profession alone to which Mr. Philcompromising probity!!!-one of those rare lips lays claim-he boasts, in a quomen, who hid the thrones of law beneath tation, solemnly prepared for the octhe brightest flowers of literature, and as it were with the hand of an enchanter, casion, that he is ready even to suffer changed a wilderness into a garden!"

for his country: No, declamation is not the weapon “For thee, fair freedom, welcome all the past, of Mr. Phillips !-One thing, indeed, For thee, my country, welcome e'en the lust!" we learn from all this, that Mr. Phil- Mr. Phillips's first publication, in lips's countrymen appreciate his legal the still earlier bloom of his youth, talents at their true worth-Wę may was, as our readers have seen, a pobe sure that he has published every

em called the Emeral Isle. It was frantic speech he ever made; and dedicated, by permission, to His Royal they are but two, and both on sub- Highness the Prince Regent, “ Prejects in which the want of legal edu- land's Hope and England's Ornacation and professional acquirement ment." The poem did not belie the would be least observed; and accord- promise of the dedication; it is a ingly we may say—to borrow a hap- perfect stream of praise, a shower of py expression of Louis the XIVth's, roses on every person who is named relative to one of his chaplains who in it, from alpha to omega. TH

MATION.

TY AND ACTS WITH DECISION.

alone was enough to excite some little “ In dethroning Napoleon you ave de. suspicion of the author's sincerity; but throned a monarch, who, with all his imit became conviction on finding that, around royalty too powerful for the fees

pued crimes and vices, shed a splendour whenever in any of his succeeding ble vision of legitimacy even to bear. pamphlets written in altered times and How grand was his march! How inagnifidifferent circumstances, he has occa- cent liis destiny! Say what we will, Sir, sion to mention any of the idols of his he will be the land-mark of our times in early flattery, he falls into the natu

the eye of posterity. The goal of other

men's speed was his starting-post-crowns ral course of censuring, and some

were his playthings-thrones his foot. times libelling them.

stool-he strode from victory to victory If his Royal Highness the Prince -bis path was a plane of continued ele. Regent was, on the 23d April, 1812, Vations." the date of Mr. Phillips's dedication If, in 1812, Mr. Phillips could thus -Ireland's Hope and England's Or- speak of Napoleon and Spainnament--what has since happened to “ His aid is murder in disguise ; justify Mr. Phillips's imputations ? His triumph, freçdom's obsequies ;

His faith, is fraud-his wisdom, guile; What are the enormities which this

Creation withers in his smilehigh-minded and independent patriot See Sp:in, in his embraces, die, “cannot speak of, without danger,

His ancient friend, his firm'ally!” because, thank God, he cannot think If, in 1814," the Catholic allies of of them without indignation"? England have refuted the foul asper..

If, in 1812, the Duke of Welling- sions on the Catholic faith," with what ton was a nation-saving hero”-if, face could he, in 1816, ask the Liverin 1814, "the illustrious potentates pool meeting were met together in the British capi

“What have you done for Europe ? what tal to commemorate the great festi- have you achieved for man? Have moval of universal peace and universal rals been ameliorated ? has liberty been emancipation-if, “ all the hopes of strengthened ? You have restored to Spain

a wretch of even worse than proverbial England were gratified, and Europe free”-how does it happen that, in princely ingratitude ; who filled his dun

geons, and fed his rack with the heroic 1816, Mr. Phillips can thus describe remnant that had braved war, anu famine, the war in which those objects were and massacre beneath his banners; who achieved ?

rewarded patriotism with the prison“ The heart of any reflecting man must fidelity with the torture-heroism with

the scaffold--and piety with the inquisiburn within him when he thinks that the war, thus sanguinary in its operations, tion ; whose royalty was published by the thus confessedly ruinous in its expendi- signature of hisideath-warrants, and wbose ture, was even still more odious in its prin- religion evaporated in the embroidering of ciple. It was a war avowedly undertaken petticoats for the Blessed Virgin!" for the purpose of forcing France out of

If, in 1812, Buonaparte and Por, her undoubted right of choosing her own

tugal could be thus described monarch; a war which uprooted the very foundations of the English constitution ;

“ See hapless Portugal, who thought which libelled the most glorious era in

A common creel her safety broughtour national annals; and declared tyran

A common creed! alas, bis life
Has been one bloody, impious strife!

Beneath his torch the aliars burn If, in 1812, Buonaparte was a des- And blush on the polluted uru" pot--bloody-impious--polluted--if what can Mr. Phillips say for the folhe was an infidel “ who trod the sym- lowing description, in 1816, of the bol of Christianity under foot”-who very prince who fled from the once plundered temples and murdered “bloody and impious,” but now a magpriests--if his legions were locusts, nificent” and “splendid” Napoleon! and he himself a vulture, a tyrant, “ You have restored to Portugal a and a fiend. If, in August, 1813, he prince of whom we know nothing, except was again a “ tyrant,” a “monster,

that when his dominions were invaded, an embroidered butcher-if he was, in his people distracted, liis crown in dan

ger, and all that could interest the highMr. Phillips's opinion, all this, how

est energies of man at issue, he left his comes it, that in 1816, he speaks of cause to be combated by foreigo bayonets, him in the following terms

and filed with a dastard precipitation to

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May, 1817.]
Counsellor Phillips:

141 the shameful security of a distant hemi. “To remember the glory and pride of her name, sphere."

Ere the cold blooded Sussanach tainted her

fame." In 1814 “ the rocks of Norway are elate with liberty.In 1816 Again-in their mutual communiNorway is instanced as “ a feeble state cations Mr. Phillips assigns to the partitioned to feed the rapacity of the

Irish “ the ardour of patriots and pride powerful.”

of freemen," but to the unlucky EngIn 1912 Mr. Grattan had the mis- lish,“ atrocious provocation and per. fortune of being the idol of Mr. Phil: fidious arrogance." lips's huinble adoration-in 1814 Mr.

In the Liverpool speech, however, Grattan is still an idol, but an idol,

he has quite changed his note; the like those of the Tartars, which they cold-blooded Sassanach is now the chastise ; and four pages of one of high-minded people of England," and

; Mr. Phillips's speeches to the Catho- even a provincial English town is lic Board are employed in chastising the emporium of liberality and pub

“ Mr. Grattan for having given some

lic spirit--the birth-place of talentreasons ( if reasons," as Mr. Phillips

the residence of integrity”--the asycautiously observes, “ they can be lum of “freedom," "patriotism," and called,") against presenting a Catho- “ genius."--In 1812 King William lic petition at that particular tiine: he

was a Draco-- a gloomy murderer, shows too that repeated discussions and Mr. Phillips very magnanimously have had the effect of reducing the

" tramples on the impious ashes of majority against the Catholics. All that Vandal tyrant”- but in 1816 a this is very well : but what shall we new light breaks upon him, he apsay when we find Mr. Phillips, in 1816, plauds the Revolution, vindicates the at Liverpool, expressing his “ hope reformers of 1688," and calls that pe

that the Irish Catholics will petition riod“ the most glorious of our national no more a parliament so equivocat

annals."

These changes, monstrous as they In 1812 Mr. Ponsonby is highly are, have taken place in the last two celebrated, and told that “ his coun- or three years; but we have Mr. Philtry's heart must be cold ere the “ho- lips's own assurance that he began his nour," the “worth,” the wisdom,” backsliding earlier than the date of

“ the “ zeal,” the hand to act and heart any of his pamphlets, and that young to feel if her Punsonby,"" be forgot- as, he tells us, he is in years, he is old ten. But in the Liverpool speech we

in apostacy. In his first speech, Aufind all the merits of the leader of the gust, 1813, he makes the following Whigs forgotten, and his character candid avowal. treated with high indignity

“ I am not ashamed to confess to you,

that there was a day when I was as bigot“ Shall a borough-naongering faction convert what is misnamed the national re

ed as the blackest ;-but I thank that Be. presentation, into a mere instrument for

ing who gifted me with a mind not quite raising the supplies which are to gorge

impervious to conviction, and I thank you, its own venality? Shall the mock dignita

who afforded such dawning testimonies of ries of Whiggism and Toryism, lead their my error. No wonder, then, I seized my hungry retainers to contest the profits of prejudices, and with a blush burned them an alternate ascendency over the pros

on the altar of my country!" trate interests of a too generous people ? Our readers will not fail to observe, These are questions which I blush to ask.” that all this wavering is not the mere

In 1812 England and Englishmen versatility of a young and ardent mind. were the great objects of Mr. Phil- Mr. Phillips is indeed inconstant, but lips's horror; he found amongst us it is "certâ ratione modoque;" his "a prejudice against his native land changes may be calculated, like those predominant above every other feel- of the moon, and his bright face will ins, inveterate as ignorance could ge- always be found towards the rising nerate, as monstrous as credulity could feed.” And (for be assails us in prose

He dedicated to the Prince Regent and verse) lie invokes Ireland in expectation, and abused him in dis

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