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free debate have any power. The he had formed, in those bygone days, General Assembly has in fact been of the littleness of time and the magfor ages the Parliament, or House of nitude of eternity. It was hurably, Commons of Scotland-by far the and yet proudly spoken; for the freest she ever had-and has often speaker felt, while the words fell from well supplied to her in times of peril his lips, that he was acquitting himself and oppression, the want of every oth- nobly, and lifting himself to an inmeaer spiraculum libertatis. It was, we surable height, even while thus assumthink, in the year 1825, at the close of ing the tone and attitude of sorrow and a warm and prolonged debate in this self-condemnation, above his humiliatcourt, in which Dr. Chalmers had ta- ed assailant. We never witnessed ken a distinguished part, that a mem- any effect of eloquence like that prober on the opposite side of the house duced by those few solemn sentences, took occasion to twit him in very thus firmly and dignifiedly pronounced, coarse terms with the change his sen- in circumstances that would have timents had undergone since the com- covered most men with abashment and mencement of his pamphleteering ca- confusion. They were followed by a reer, when he had announced his creed universal storm of applause, in the upon the subject of clerical duty in the midst of which the ashamed and morwords that have been quoted above. tified Thersites, whose vulgar abuse The unmannerly and unfeeling attack had been so manfully encountered and was received by the crowded house so splendidly repelled, endeavored in and overflowing galleries to whom vain to make himself heard, even is it was addressed, with a general mur- apology for his luckless onset. His mur of indignation ; and every eye was voice, repeatedly raised, was as often instantly turned upon its object, who drowned in an outcry of aversion and sat with unmoved countenance until disgust. the orator had concluded his harangue. It is the distinction of Dr. Chalm
As soon as it was over, he rose; ers' piety, that it is the piety of high and for a few moments the silence of intellect, and can never be mistaken intense expectation suspended the for any thing else. It is as impossigazing audience. Dr. Chalmers, we ble for this distinguished person to should remark, is not distinguished as throw off his genius as it would be an extemporaneous speaker; the or- for him to throw off his godliness; nate and antithetic style of his orato- and, from this peculiarity of characry forbids that fluency which is only ter, he has formed, more perhaps than compatible with a less ambitious dic- any other man of his time, a bond of tion; and all his more brilliant ad- connexion between the two worlds of dresses, accordingly, are prepared with religion and literature, having a name great care and elaboration. On this and a conspicuous rank in each, and occasion, therefore, we dare say, some being known to give to the one as of his friends, considering the extreme well as to the other the devotion of all delicacy of his position, and how sud- his affections. It is this, after all, denly and unexpectedly he had been as- that has constituted the secret of the saulted, awaited his coming defence mighty influence he has exercised in with some degree of trembling. But ne- his own country especially, where for ver shall we forget the instant and over- many years past his name has been whelming triumph of that reply. He ac- with peer and peasant a consecrated knowledged in the amplest terms the sound ; and the proudest members of justice of the rebuke that had been ad- the aristocracies both of literature ministered to him, and expressed his joy and of fashion have recognized, in that the hour had come, when an oppor- the humble parish minister, their astunity was given him of thus publicly sociate and their equal. Still more confessing how wrong, how outrage- popular preachers, in the literal sense ously wrong, had been the estimate of the phrase, than he has ever been, have often arisen in past times, and ginal ; his language, it is true, is not are possibly to be found even in the that of any other writer of the day, present, in that land of fervid and but neither is it a servile copy of that overflowing theology. But he alone of any writer of former days. If you has been at once both the orator of the discern the individual in every senpeople, and the delight of the most tence, you discern his living age also. cultivated and searching criticism. It is the utterance of a man inspired, the charmer, not less of the appreciat- not by books, but by his own heart, ing few, than of the merely wonder- and the kindred humanity that is ing many. Indeed, placed by the around him. It is thus only, we apside of his pulpit rivals, his eminence prehend, that the tones of genuine elois undoubtedly far more surpassing to quence are ever to be expressed. the eye of lettered taste than it is, or You may imitate the sound of anoth-can be, to that of his plebeian admir- er's voice, but its soul you can never ers. These last behold in him only a catch ; and your music will thus, at little more, perhaps, than the earnest- best, only amuse the ear, but never ness and vehemence of any of their touch the heart. Mr. Irving may be other favorites, impaired, however, a far more skilful elocutionist than probably rather than augmented in Dr. Chalmers, but he is not to be point of effect, by the admixture of named with him in the same sentence much in the matter of his discourses as an orator ; at least, if it be the which they can no more understand or business of our bosoms to say what is sympathize with than if the words oratory. were those of an unknown tongue. It is not merely, however, by the
It is not his eloquence, indeed, more dazzling and meteoric qualities that has chiefly contributed to make of his mind that Dr. Chalmers has Dr. Chalmers the idol of the multi- made himself what he is, and done tude, but in some degree the circum- what he has done. With all his imastances of his personal history; and, gination and excitability, there is a in a far greater, the beauty of his mo- basis of good sense and homely pracral character, and his unparalleled tical wisdom about bis character, exertions, wherever he has gone, as which for many years past, at least, the poor man's pastor and friend. has admirably balanced and regulated Upon the great body of his auditors, in him the eccentric tendencies of what is richest and best in his elo- genius. Without this, his high powquence, its originality, its intellectual ers, instead of the good they have power, its imaginative glow and color- done, would have, comparatively ing, is utterly thrown away. But for- speaking, been valueless, or run to tunately for the permanence of his waste. It is this that has given, in a reputation, these high qualities have great measure, their stability and already lifted him to his proper place might to all of them ; invigorating his in the estimation of those who, though imagination, even while it seemed to comparatively few in number, are control it; and, while it guided his eventually both the only effective dif- moral sensibilities away from whatever fusers of opinion, and the real makers it would have been perilous for them of fame.
to approach, providing them, at the All who have even once heard Dr. same time, both with the healthiest Chalmers preach, will acknowledge nourishment, and the fittest domain that the striking and pervading char- wherein to expatiate. acteristic of his eloquence is its in- But we have done-although these tense originality; and his originality few hasty paragraphs hardly more is a very different sort of thing from than introduce our subject. We are that elaborate affectation of peculiar- no subscribers to some of the articles ity in which Mr. Edward Irving deals. of Dr. Chalmers' theology; but He is all over as natural as he is ori- would, nevertheless, that the religious spirit of the age but took in all things one ; and if it be any service done to the tone that he would give it-but Christianity to have awakened to a borrowed a portion of his liberality, feeling of her loveliness not a few of mildness, charity, and boundless and the finer spirits of his time, who, but unaffected love for whatever the Crea for his eloquent voice, might have tor has scattered over any of his lived and died without dreaming that works of the excellent or the beauti- there was aught about her to admire ful! To whatever extent he has in- or to care for, few, perhaps, of her fluenced the feelings of the religious apostles have, in this department of world, the effect he has produced has exertion, in any modern age, more been an ameliorating and an elevating fully earned their reward.
DIRGE TO THE MEMORY OF MISS ELLEN GEE, OF KEW,
WHO DIED IN CONSEQUENCE OF BEING STUNG IN THE EYE. PEERLESS, yet hapless maid of Q!
As rapid as the X or Y,
The O10, or D.
“ Then fare thee ill, insensate B!
Who stung, nor yet knew Y; For ah! the Fates! I know not Y,
Since not for wealthy Durham's C
Would I have lost my I."
They bear with tears fair LNG
In funeral RA, LN exclaim'd, “ Vile spiteful B!
A clay-cold corse now doom'd to B,
Whilst I mourn her DK.
Ye nymphs of Q, then shun each B,
List to the reason Y! "I'll send you, like a lamb or U,
For should AB CU at T,
He 'll surely sting your I.
Now in a grave L deep in Q,
She's cold as cold can B ; " A stream runs from my wounded I, Whilst robins sing upon A U, Salt as the briny C,
Her dirge and LEG.
THE DEAF-AND-DUMB PAGE.
EVERARD DELAVAL was the son of a It was at Naseby that Delaval fell. distant relation of the Meynells, who It was not long, therefore, before the was killed in the Civil War, while a royal army ceased to exist, and its lieutenant in the regiment which Sir members were dispersed, some to their Richard, the reigning Meynell of that homes, and many to wander in exile. day, had raised for the king's service. Sir Richard had been one of the Delaval had always been a poor man, warmest supporters of the royal cause; and his little property had been total- he had raised a regiment of cavalry ly dissipated by the exigences of the at the very beginning of the war, and times ; and when he died, leaving a had fought at its head from Edgehill motherless child, that child was not to Naseby. A more ardent partisan only pennyless, but was deaf and dumb. King Charles had not : bụt Sir RichBut he was not friendless; the pro- ard had other feelings also, and, like mise which Sir Richard made to his all his feelings, warm and strong to dying kinsman, of taking care of his the last degree. He was married to boy, was amply redeemed.
a woman upon whom he doated, and his children were the beloved of his known by the title of “the Page,”soul. Still he had not scrupled to to the almost total supercession of his leave them, and pursue the war name. throughout its course. But now that Sir Richard was unable, in conseall was lost—that the war was at an quence of the close vigilance of the end, and the king put to death, Sir powers that were, to carry his training Richard felt that further sacrifice to the extent he wished : but, as far as would be of no avail.
all the military parts of horsemanship The consequence was, that Sir went, it was, of course, impossible to Richard compounded with the parlia- restrain him—and, under cover of mentary commissioners ; and, by suf- childish sports, much of the military fering a heavy fine, was allowed to exercise of the day was also commuretain possession of his Arlescot es- nicated to the boys. In all these the tate. Hither, therefore, he retired - Page was rapidly proficient. His and he immediately sent for Everard ardor, his vivacity, his playfulness Delaval home. The boy was, at that were all equally conspicuous. His time, about five years old, and already intelligence, in despite of his awful gave promise of possessing uncommon privation of the ordinary means of beauty. He became the plaything of exchanging thought, was extreme; the whole house : all admired and and his ingenuity in devising means loved him on account of his beauty, to convey his own ideas fully equalled his liveliness, and his amiable dispo- his aptitude in comprehending those sition—all pitied him on account of of others. his infirmity. Sir Richard, especial. Thus matters went on till the Page ly, showed him the greatest favor. was about fourteen years old, when a He remembered his dying friend's circumstance occurred from which the anxiety about this helpless child— fate of his future life was fixed. This and how his mind was soothed and was the return to Arlescot of Sir Richrelieved by his promise of protection. ard's daughter Emmeline. This young Sir Richard, however, retained several lady had been wholly bred up by an of his military habits, and had many aunt, whose god-daughter she was, of the ideas of times obsolete already and who, having no children herself, at his day, but many of the fashions had implored her brother to spare her of which he approved, and some of this one of his many. To this he had which he even adopted. The recent consented ; and, in consequence, Emwar, also, had tended to confirm him meline had resided with this lady from in his notions concerning how the her very infancy till now, when, at the young gentry should be reared. The age of seventeen, she was restored, by breaking out of hostilities had found her aunt's death, to her father's roof. the immense majority, even of those Emmeline Meynell was, at this of gentle blood, unused altogether to time, probably one of the most fasciarms, and totally untrained to their nating beings that it was possible to exercise. Accordingly, he was de- behold. She was not what is termed termined to rear his sons differently, regularly handsome ; but she was far, as well as the little orphan who had far more attractive than many persons come under his care. Thus, although, who strictly, perhaps, had greater probably, the office had been discon- claims to the possession of mere beautinued in families of his condition since ty. She was of a figure rather short the days of Elizabeth, he constituted than otherwise in stature, and of a little Everard his Page; and partly grace of formation which, always from Sir Richard always thus desig- beautiful, was doubly so in motionnating him seriously—and partly from in which her playful, buoyant, boundhis children repeating it, half in jest ing disposition caused it almost conand half in wonder at the novelty, he stantly to be. The same lively and came to be universally called and ardent temperament gave a vivid play and wonderful variety to her counte- rally shrinking, in consequence of his nance, which it was but too delightful infirmity, from strangers, who, of to gaze on. Now, while the words of course, comprehended him with diffiwit sprang from her lips, its spirit culty,-he now found a stranger-and would flash in her eyes—and her whole such a stranger!-established in the face would become irradiated with the very centre of the domestic circle in expression of a brilliant mind : now it which he lived, and, very naturally, would change from this to that liveli- attracting an exceeding share of their er, though less keen, aspect, which notice and attention. Next, he began joyous yet graceful playfulness lends to admire her extremely, while the so delightfully to a young girl's fea- fear, in great measure, continued.tures ;-and now, again, the look of “How animated-how brilliant-how stern, almost fierce, scorn, which the expressive !” thought he, one evening, mention of anything that was base as she was detailing in the most vivid called forth, would prove that the manner some of the things she had same countenance, so bright, and so seen abroad with her aunt, to her brosweet, could speak the higher passions thers and sisters who surrounded her, as strongly; while the softness and anxiously catching every word she sadness which would pervade it when uttered—“and how delightedly they she was touched, showed that she are all listening to her!-I wonder possessed also in perfection those what it is she speaks of !-Alas! I gentler and more endearing qualities cannot listen to her!”—and one of which are, preeminently, the attributes the pangs which, as he grew older, of woman.
his situation was beginning to cause When she first arrived at her fa- him, shot across his mind, and that ther's house, her spirits were still more painfully than usual. “ But I chilled, and her manners checked, by can look at her-and her very countethe recent loss of her who had stood nance speaks ! - What's that ?—what's to her in the place of a mother. But that ?” he (alas ! I cannot say saidthe extreme kindness of all-parents, but) conveyed to one of the sisters sisters, brothers-soon dissipated her who stood by, as a sort of expression sadness ; for it is one of the most pro- of horror seemed to pervade the counvident laws of Nature, that whatever tenances of all, as though (as he may be the love borne by the child thought) palely reflected from the towards the parents, the bitterness of breathing emotion which was conspigrief for their loss must ere very long cuous in Emmeline's. The girl expass away. Without this, indeed, the plained to him that her sister was world would be one scene of mourning: speaking of the falls of Schaffhausen, but the fond and grateful remembrance which she had seen when on the Con-the recollections of early kindness, tinent-and over which she had beheld and of continued affection—the regret- a boat drawn by the violence of the ful sigh which springs to the lip when current. “My sister was describing it pronounces the loved name—these to us the one scream, which the poor feelings, it is to be hoped, never pass man gave, at the moment all was lost from the heart in which Feeling dwells. —and that was what made us shudder
Everard had, in spite of his half - I never heard anything so horrible!” nickname of the Page, been in truth - Alas! I cannot hear !” thought bred among the young Meynells com- poor Everard, as he turned away and pletely as a brother--and a brother's never had his heart been so full at the feelings he had always experienced reflection. towards them all. But this brilliant It was explained to Emmeline what apparition, which now, of a sudden, questions Everard had been askingirradiated the whole scene at Arlescot, and she, who pitied “ the Page'' very was viewed by him very differently. much, went and fetched some drawAt first he rather feared her. Natu- ings of Switzerland--and showed him