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before expressed by us to other youthful bards who imitate Scott or Byron, that imitation may be all very well, but it is not, and cannot be, a desideratum in true poetry. If imitation be professed, good; but if originality be the object, that and that only ought to be developed. We say this not the less strenuously, whether Mr. Ferguson may have intended a close copy of a popular and great author, or not. It is meet that we warn him, and others, that the ground they have taken is dangerous, and we will add untenable; and therefore must be changed, wherever hope of lasting fame is entertained. Look at the following passage, for the correctness of what we have said.
“Brief space it needs, to reckon o'er
Where swung, both stout and strong,
To wield it well--or long;
Had done him mighty wrong;
Gilding its granite gray;
With plume and pennon gay;
In bloody battle fray?" P. 34. With this drawback, and, it will be confessed, it is a great one, there are evidences in Mr. Ferguson's style of a sweetness and even richness, that at a future period, he may make available to greatly please his readers, and probably benefit himself; although to speak sooth, in these degenerate days, when matter of fact alone seems to have any weight, when the whole efforts of “the schoolmaster" seem directed to the utilitarian system,
it is highly apochryphal if any poems, however well written, and plenteously produced, would be found to repay the time, labour, thought, and study, necessary to be bestowed upon them; to say nothing of the vexation and trouble ever attendant on transactions with those absolute monarchs of tradesfolk called publishers. We merely drop these remarks to Mr. Ferguson en passant, as a word to the wise, which, although it may not cause him, (and we are far from wishing it should,) to forbear writing altogether, may yet make him cautious as to the time and manner of again venturing his bark down a stream of poetry, the banks of which, we are free to confess, are sufficiently green and fertile to draw from us a wish to accompany him, when some little more experience shall have ripened his knowledge, on ano.
There are some very pretty minor poems published with “ Evan Bane,” among which, we think the following a fair specimen:
Moments there are when sorrows sleep,
When misery's tear forgets to flow,
The breath of Heaven deigns to blow.
Of all that's felt, or done, or spoken,
Association's links are broken ;-
Nor ocean, music, winter's blast,
Can join the chain that binds the past;
Which lives upon the ear—for ever!
'Tis heard, when friends or lovers sever.
Its dreary sleeplessness to wake;
Dependless--will not, cannot break !
O'er the bright fields of memory sweep;
Or evening breeze along the deep;
It binds the heart as with a spell,
And death itself is but-FAREWELL! P. 115.
Elfenau Rhifyddiaeth ; by John William Thomas, of Caernarvon.
Caervyrddin, 1831. William Evans. We have seen the two first numbers of “Elfenau Rhifyddiaeth," or “Elements of Arithmetic," and do not hesitate to recommend the work to the notice of our countrymen. The author appears a perfect master of the science of figures, and it is clear he has bestowed much attention upon the subject, in order, as he says, to make it clear and simple; in this he has succeeded : but, in doing which, we regret, for more than one reason, his prolixity. Most of the new terms he uses are appropriate, and reflect great credit to him as a Welsh scholar. We doubt not but that, with a close application to the instructions the book will contain, it will supersede the necessity of a master.
The Seren Gomer for the present month contains the following original articles, accompanied by the usual notices of foreign and domestic intelligence, &c. &c. A Lecture on the Names of the Days of the Week; Religious Enthusiasm; Contentment; the London Cymreigyddion, and the Welsh Bishops; the Backslider; an Attempt at Reform in the Congregational Churches; the Established Church; Trioed mab y Crinwas; a more Economical Prayer; Poor Laws, &c. &c.
The Gwyliedydd for March contains, together with the usual notices of foreign and domestic intelligence: a Memoir of the late Rev. Edward Davies; Christ's Preaching to the Spirits in prison; Substance of a Sermon on Hebrews, xi. 8; Scriptural Illustrations; Ecclesiastical Antiquity—the Commination; Fulfilment of Prophecies-Egypt--Arabia, &c.; the Pine Tree; Reformation ; Irish Tracts; River of Death, (a Dream); Hypocrisy; Fragments; Address to the Welsh People; Register of Welsh Books, by Moses Williams.--Poetry: Poetical Memorandums; The Slave's Complaint; To the Miser; Hymn on the Humiliation, Sufferings, and Exaltation of Christ; Epitaph on a Tomb, &c. &c.
We regret to say that the Magazine published monthly in London, under the title of “Ý Cymmro," (the Welshman,) has discontinued publication.
Shortly will be published, a second edition of “ The Prize Essay on the Causes which have produced Dissent from the Established Church in Wales.”
Lately published, " An Account of the Beulah Saline Spa at Norwood;" by Dr. G. H. Weatherhead. An analysis of its composition proves its chemical components to be very similar to the saline spring at Llandrindod, with the exception of sulphate of magnesia, wiich the Norwood spring possesses in greater quantity than the Llandrindod Water,
A pamphlet has lately appeared from the pen of Mr. George Propert, Pembroke Dock, “On the Means of Ameliorating the Condition of the Labouring Classes.”
In the press, “ A Letter to the Lord Bishop of Bangor, in answer to the Reflections on the Welsh Clergy, by the London Cymreigyddion Society.” By the Rev. John Jones, archdeacon of Meirionydd. Lately published, “The Nautical Magazine ; being a register of Mara
time Discoveries, Marine Surveys, &c.” We understand the Welsh coast, the terrific features of which are well known, has attracted the attention of the editor.
The Emporium of Literature, Science, and Belles Lettres, has lately been published; comprising Essays on Natural, Moral, and Judicial Philosophy, &c. forming a compendium of polite, general, and elegant literature.
Mr. J. T. Jones has commenced publishing a “ Welsh Translation of Burkitt's Erposition on the New Testament.” It is printed by Mr. Jones, in Bangor.
“ The Portable Sudatory, or Hot-Air Bath, its utility in Cholera Morbus, &c.” By M. LA BEAUME. Highley: London, 1832.
LONDON AND PROVINCIAL NEWS.
The Rev. John Evans to the vicarage of St. Clears; patron, J. L. Phillips, esq. of Llwynerwn.
The Rev. Mr. Penfold to the living of Wordesley; and that of Kingswinford to the Rev. W. H. Cartwright; patron to both livings, the Earl of Dudley.
The Rev. J. Tucker, of Palm House, to the perpetual curacy of Charlton Abbots, Gloucestershire.
Ordinations. Messrs. David Harris, of Newchurch; John Lewis, of Aberystwyth; William Eawcett, of Brecon, late of St. David's College, Lampeter, by letts. dism. of the Bishop of St. David's, by the Lord Bishop of Bristol, on Sunday, January 15, at Almondsbury, Gloucester.
On Sunday, December 18, Mr. William James, of St. David's College, was ordained deacon, at St. Paul's, London, by the Lord Bishop of Llandaff, on the nomination of the Rev. B. Knight, m.a. Chancellor of Llandaff, as his assistant curate at Margam.
The Rev. Llewelyn Llewelin, D.C.L., Principal of St. David's College, to the vicarage of Penbryn, Cardigan, with the chapels of Bronllys and Bryngwyn, annexed; and the Rev. A. Ollivant, A.m. Vice Principal at St. David's College, to the vicarage of Llangeler; patron to both livings, the Lord Bishop of St. David's.
The Rev. Brisco Owen, M.A. second master of Beaumaris Grammar School, has been elected Fellow of Jesus' College, Oxford.
The Rev. Wm. Williams to the perpetual curacies of Spytty, Ystywth, and Ystradmeirig; patron, Earl Lisburne.
The Rev. John Brigstocke, A.M., to the valuable rectory of Barton, in the county of Pembroke; patron, the earl of Cawdor.
The Rev. Joseph Jones, to the rectory of Rhos Sili, in the county of Glamorgan, vacant by the avoidance of the Rev. Hugh Williams, preferred to the vicarage of Llaparth, Monmouthshire; patron, the King.
The Rev. J. Blackwell, of Jesus College, to the vicarage of Maenor Dewi, in the county of Pembroke; patron, the Lord Chancellor.
The Rev. Ebenezer Morris, vicar of Llanelly, perpetual curate of Llanon and Llanddarog, in Carmarthen, and surrogate for the city and diocese of St.
David's, to be one of the domestic chaplains to the earl of Lisburn.
The Rev. James Morgan, A.M., to the vicarage of Talgarth, in the county of Brecon; patrons, the Chapter and Canons of Windsor.
Denbighshire and Flintshire Auxiliary Trinitarian Bible Society. A meeting of this society was held at the town hall, in Denbigh, on Monday, the 5th of March. D. Pennant, jun. esq. in the chair. The chairman ably urged the necessity of forming the above society, unconnected with the Socinian sect. Several resolutions were proposed and adopted, and the meeting addressed by T. W. Edwards, of Rhyddlan, Copner Oldfield esq. and the Rev. J. Blackwell, of Holywell, the Rev. Mr. Bonner, Henllan, William Jones, esq. St. Asaph, and the Rev. Mr. Gwynne, Tremerchion. Many of the gentlemen present subscribed very liberally to the funds of the Society
Welsh Calvinistic Methodists. The Great Quarterly Association of this body was lately held in the town of Mold. Several impressive sermons were preached on the occasion, by the Rev. John Elias, the Rev. Ebenezer Richards, of Tregaron, (South Wales,) and several other ministers. The number of persons present far exceeded that of any similar meeting held in that town.
SIR SAMUEL RUSH MEYRICK.
His Majesty has been graciously pleased to confer on our valued correspondent, Dr. Meyrick, of Goodrich Court, the royal Guelphic order of knighthood, for his historic arrangement of the armour in the Tower of London and that in Windsor Castle. This well-earned distinction, which was due equally to his literary character and his position in society, had its origin with the Duke of Sussex, and the manner in which it has been conferred, must be highly gratifying to Dr. Meyrick.
ST. DAVID's day. The Honourable and Loyal Society of Ancient Britons celebrated its One hundred and eighteenth anniversary at the Free Masons' Tavern, London, on Thursday, the 1st of March; the Right Hon. George Rice Trevor in the chair, supported by Lord Clive, Lord Kenyon, Sir Watkin Williams Wynne, Sir John Hanmer, Right Hon. C. W. Williams Wynn, Hon. Lloyd Kenyon, Sir Stephen Glynne, &c. &c. The company sat down to dinner shortly after six o'clock; the body of the great ball was crowded with natives of Cambria, and patrons of the Welsh Charity; the gallery was occupied by a military band, and facing the President at the extremity of the hall, sat our old friend William Prichard, who alternately, with the band, performed on the triple harp during the evening; and last, though not least, in the organloft we espied a large assemblage of beauty. Female loveliness ever adds to the Briton's glow of delight; but in the cause of soft charity, such a charity too as ours, how forcibly did we feel its influence! how did the light of their bright eyes thrill through our hearts! and when we quaffed our wine to sentiments most gratifying to our feelings, and most ably given by the chairman, in our ecstasy we looked upon them as ministering angels to the banquet, to its object, its admirable object-charity, in the most noble and extensive signification.
The following gentlemen, by their scientific assistance, vocal and instrumental, added greatly to the entertainments of the evening: Messrs. Parry, and Parry, jun., Smith, Bellamy, Fitzwilliam, Collier, &c. &c., and little Hughes, a child no more than five years old, of whose performance on the harp we shall have to speak presently.
On the withdrawal of the cloth, we were gratified with the impressive